HealthLeaders Media Editor-in-Chief, Jim Molpus, says the 2009 Top Leadership Teams winners share a common thread in that systemic barriers to healthcare performance have not stopped them. “It is challenging for a community hospital to compete when so much in healthcare is directed toward large health systems,” Molpus says. “Grays Harbor Community Hospital has shown the turnaround that can occur with a culture of transparency and a shared vision for improvement.”
In addition to the award for Mid-Sized Hospitals, four others were also named as the single honoree in their category (Large Hospital or Health System, Small Hospital, Medical Group, and Health Plan; those award winners are located in Denver, CO, Caribou, ME, Evanston, IL, and Williamsville, NY respectively.). Grays Harbor Community Hospital, with approximately 100 licensed beds in service, is at the small end of the mid-sized category. 
The Top Leadership Team in Healthcare awards will be presented in October at the annual HealthLeaders conference in Chicago. Mitchell will share Grays Harbor Community Hospital’s leadership success story to attendees from Scripps Health, the Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and others from around the country.
Mitchell echoed Molpus’ comments. “This award would not have been possible if the entire community had not been supportive of our hospital. Part of our success story has been the increase in market share we’ve had from residents of Grays Harbor county. Once again, the associates and Medical Staff have made it possible for Grays Harbor Community Hospital to be nationally recognized for its best practices.”