Women make or influence more than 90 percent of health care decisions for themselves and their families, according to a study published by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Carroll, IA (PRWEB) September 10, 2013
St. Anthony Regional Hospital has received the 2013 Women’s Choice Award, being voted one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by women. This distinction is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and what women say they want from a hospital including quality physician communication, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women.
Women make or influence more than 90 percent of health care decisions for themselves and their families, according to a study published by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Award signals that a hospital meets high standards regarding a woman’s preferences, and the distinction allows women to make an informed decision about where to go for care for themselves or their family.
“Right now, the national conversation about health care is focused on politics, insurance companies, and ‘the bottom line,’ which ignores what matters most to the patient – their experience with health care providers,” says Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “A woman expects more from a hospital experience and takes her role as the primary healthcare decision maker seriously,” Passi adds. “More than ever she is self-managing her care by choosing her hospital prior to choosing her doctors. This allows her more control over her hospital stay outcome based on the quality of care she can expect from a Women’s Choice Award hospital.”
The America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by WomenCertified consists of four categories based on size, with a total of 400 hospitals recognized nationwide. Hospitals with the 100 best scores in each category determine the Award winners. WomenCertified accepts absolutely no payment in exchange for placement on the list.
“St. Anthony is honored to be named among the top 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience by Women Certified. This national recognition confirms our outstanding patient care and commitment to excellence by our staff and physicians,” said Edward H. Smith, Jr., CEO, St. Anthony Regional Hospital.
Hospitals qualify for the highly selective annual list of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience based on an in-depth proprietary scoring process. The scoring 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) and an analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction. Additionally, the scoring incorporates WomenCertified’s 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.
“Recognizing the best hospitals nationwide that are women-friendly and align with women’s identified preferences is important to our mission at WomenCertified, where women help other women with tough, consumer decisions,” Passi concludes. “Most importantly, 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 her and her loved one’s care.”
ABOUT ST. ANTHONY REGIONAL HOSPITAL
St. Anthony Regional Hospital is a Catholic healthcare organization sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, from LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The 99-bed hospital is dedicated to providing a wide array of services of consistently high services in response to patient and community needs. St. Anthony provides the area’s leading full time care in family and internal medicine, orthopedics, cancer therapy, obstetrics, general surgery, cardiology, ear/nose/throat and ophthalmology care.
ABOUT WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD
WomenCertified® is a marketing research firm, home to the Women’s Choice Award, the only award that identifies brands that women recommend and serves as a competitive differentiator for businesses. Awards are based on surveys 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.