Athens, GA (PRWEB) February 06, 2014
St. Mary’s Health Care System has received the 2014 Women’s Choice Award® ranking among America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics.
The distinction is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based 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.
“Being named one of America’s Best Hospital for Obstetrics for the second year in a row is a great honor for St. Mary’s,” said St. Mary’s President and CEO Don Mckenna. “It reflects the dedication of our Family Birth Center staff to making every family feel welcome and special.”
Awarded hospitals must provide comprehensive obstetric services and meet criteria for patient satisfaction and surgical excellence based on female needs and preferences.
The Women’s Choice Award is the first national award based on the recommendations 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 provide women seeking peace of mind for their obstetric care with a trusted third party endorsement based on hospital experiences reported by women in their community,” states Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “As one of the America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics, St. Mary’s Health Care System meets the toughest standards of excellence set by women.
“New moms have many choices when it comes to obstetrics,” she continues. “Now they can make informed decisions based on the recommendations of other moms who have experienced that hospital first-hand. 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 care for her and her loved ones.”
About St. Mary’s Health Care System
St. Mary’s is a non-profit, faith-based ministry whose mission is to be a compassionate healing presence in the communities it serves. Ranked by Healthgrades as Georgia’s top hospital in 2013 for stroke care and joint replacement, St. Mary’s specializes in neurosciences, orthopedics, cardiac care, general medicine/general surgery, women’s and children’s health, and gastroenterology.
About the 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.womenschoiceawards.com.