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The mountain and northwestern states have some great opportunities for RNs. Below are some award-winning hospitals to consider.

  
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Thomson Healthcare's 100 Top Hospitals-2007. Thomson surveyed more than 3,000 hospitals and evaluated each according to eight criteria. Each was scored against other facilities that fell into similar categories. According to Modern Healthcare, recognized among teaching hospitals with 200 or more acute care beds were Rose Medical Center in Denver (which has spent three years on the list); Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado (six years on the list); and St. Luke's Boise Medical Center, in Boise, Idaho (five years on the list). Grouped among the large community hospitals with 250 or more acute care beds was Providence Everett Medical Center in Everett, Washington (four years on the list). Among the small community hospitals (those with 25 to 99 acute care beds) was Brigham City Community Hospital in Brigham City, Utah (three years on the list).

 

The Leapfrog Group was started by corporations and large employers interested in health care costs. The group surveyed almost 1,300 hospitals and evaluated them according to whether (as report by WebMD) they 1. have ICUs that are staffed by intensivists, 2. have computerized systems for entering physicians' orders, 3. perform certain procedures and care for certain high-risk neonates, and 4. have infection-control and error-reduction measures in place. Among the top 33 hospitals chosen was Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

 

US News and World Report, well known for its ranking of institutions, surveyed 5,462 medical centers, evaluating them according to 16 specialties. Eighteen facilities with the highest scores made its 2007 Honor Roll. University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle ranked number 11, with high marks in nine specialties.

 

Magnet Awards. As of April 2008, 22 facilities in the mountain states have received the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Award. Please see http://www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet/searchmagnet.cfm for each state.

 

Your Guide to Job Opportunities in the Mountain and Northwestern States

Banner Health

 

Contact: Banner Recruiter

 

Web site: http://www.bannerhealth.com

 

(866) 377-5627

 

Franciscan Health System

 

1717 S. J Street

 

Tacoma, WA 98405

 

Contact: Nurse Recruiters

 

(253) 426-6958

 

Fax: (253) 426-6941

 

Web site: http://www.FHSJobs.org

 

San Juan Regional Medical Center

 

801 W. Maple

 

Farmington, NM 87401

 

Contact: Pat Gross, Recruitment Specialist

 

(505) 609-6938

 

Fax: (505) 609-2425

 

E-mail: pgross@sjrmc.net

 

Web site: http://www.sanjuanregional.com

 

St. Luke's Health System

 

190 E. Bannock Street

 

Boise, ID 83712

 

(866) 554-1400

 

Fax: (208) 381-4649

 

Contact: Pamela Jordan, Nurse Recruiter

 

E-mail: jordanp@slrmc.org

 

Web site: http://www.stlukesonline.org

 

St. Mary's Hospital

 

2635 North 7th Street

 

Grand Junction, CO 81501

 

Contact: Christy Pfost, Employment Manager

 

(970) 244-2811

 

Fax: (970) 244-7194

 

Web Site: http://www.stmarygj.org

 

Swedish Medical Center

 

1730 Minor Avenue, Ste. 400

 

Seattle, WA 98101

 

Contact: Paula Bartley, Recruitment Employment

 

(877) 562-7476

 

E-mail: Paula.Bartley@Swedish.org

 

Web site: http://www.Swedish.org/jobs

 

The Valley Health System

 

H. R. Department

 

2075 E. Flamingo Road, #204

 

Las Vegas, NV 89119

 

Contact: Recruiter

 

(702) 369-7747

 

Web site: http://www.valleyhealthsystem.org

 

Tucson Medical Center

 

5301 E. Grant Road

 

Tucson, AZ 85712

 

Contact: Wendy Hendrickson

 

(800) 526-5353, ext. 43684

 

Fax: (520) 324-5277

 

E-mail: wendy.hendrickson@tmcaz.com

 

Web site: http://www.tmcaz.com

 

University of New Mexico Hospitals

 

Human Resource Office

 

1650 University Blvd. NE

 

Albuquerque, NM 87102

 

Contact: Susie Huckabee

 

(505) 272-2325

 

E-mail: shuckabee@salud.unm.edu

 

Web site: http://hospitals.unm.edu; click "Careers"

 

Vail Valley Medical Center

 

181 W. Meadow Drive

 

Vail, CO 81657

 

Contact: Jaime Paulus, Nurse Recruiter

 

(970) 477-3100

 

Fax: (970) 569-7471

 

E-mail: paulus@vvmc.com

 

Web site: http://www.vvmc.com