Ft. Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) November 12, 2013
Each year, WomenCertified, the home of the Women’s Choice Award, evaluates thousands of hospitals located throughout America in order to identify those hospitals that deserve to be named to the Women’s Choice Award list of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics. The distinction is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions rated on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital, including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness, and trusted referrals from other women.
The announcement of the 2014 America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics is timely given the confusion, frustration, and anxiety patients are feeling regarding the uncertainty of healthcare reform.
"With the trend for healthcare moving toward balancing cost and quality, women are shifting towards ‘self-managed care’, choosing their hospitals before they select doctors associated with their hospital of choice," states Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of WomenCertified and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. "We provide moms, seeking peace of mind for delivery of their baby, with a trusted third party endorsement based on hospital experiences reported by women in their community. New moms have many choices when it comes to obstetrics. Now they can make informed decisions based on the recommendations of patients who have experienced that hospital first hand."
The Women’s Choice Award is the first national award based on the ratings and preferences of women. Hospitals qualify for this highly selective annual list of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics based on a proprietary scoring process that incorporates a national, standardized survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems), as well as an analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction. Additionally, the scoring incorporates in-depth research on customer satisfaction among women, including a joint study on customer satisfaction by gender conducted with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
"We are proud of those hospitals recognized for taking ownership of their customer experience and creating an environment that offers the best in healthcare services. And, when a woman sees the Women’s Choice Award at her local hospital, she’ll know the hospital values her experience as a critical component of care for her and her loved ones," said Passi.
The following progressive hospitals carry the Women’s Choice Award seal which signifies their commitment to WomenCertified’s global mission to empower women to make smart healthcare choices:
Athens Regional Health System (Athens, GA)
Citizens Medical Center (Victoria, TX)
Covenant HealthCare (Saginaw, MI)
Hill Country Memorial Hospital (Fredericksburg, TX)
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (Elkin, NC)
Inland Hospital (Waterville, ME)
King’s Daughters Medical Center (Brookhaven, MS)
Lakeside Women’s Hospital (Oklahoma, OK)
Lakeview Hospital (Stillwater, MN)
Lakewood Health System (Staples, MN)
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center (Jasper, IN)
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY)
St. Elizabeth Healthcare (Edgewood, KY)
St. Helena Hospital (St. Helena, CA)
The Bellevue Hospital (Bellevue, OH)
Washington County Hospital (Washington, IA)
Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (Dover, NH)
The full list of awarded hospitals is available at Women’s Choice Award.
WomenCertified® is a marketing research firm and home to the Women’s Choice Award, the only award that identifies brands that women recommend and empowers women with information to make smart brand choices for themselves and their loved ones. Awards are based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men. To learn more, visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com.