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Women's Choice Award

June 03, 2014 08:31 ET

Best Cancer Hospitals in America Announced by Women's Choice Award

Recognized Hospitals Provide an Extraordinary Patient Experience by Individualizing And Personalizing Healthcare for Women and Their Families

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - June 03, 2014) - The Women's Choice Award is pleased to announce the 2014 winners of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care as more women self-manage their care and that of their loved ones, seeking providers they can trust.

According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly one of every four deaths. Moreover, one in every three women has a risk of developing cancer during her lifetime. Considering that the percentage of medical error for delayed, missed, and incorrect diagnosis is in the range of 10 percent to 20 percent, making the best healthcare choices is critically important (The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2012). Due to the fact that women are responsible for 90 percent of all healthcare choices, as recorded by the American Academy of Family Physicians, it is also important that they feel empowered to choose wisely. The Women's Choice Award helps simplify this process by validating the most recommended cancer care providers.

Out of the 1,419 hospitals that have received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (ACS/CoC) as the leading cancer treatment facilities, the following hospitals are among the elite 337 America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, due to their commitment and passion for creating an extraordinary patient healthcare experience:

Cancer Center at San Antonio Community Hospital - Upland, CA

Catawba Valley Medical Center's Comprehensive Cancer Center - Hickory, NC

CHRISTUS Cabrini Cancer Center - Alexandria, LA

Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center at The Valley Hospital - Ridgewood, NJ

Greenwich Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health - Greenwich, CT

Hayworth Cancer Center at High Point Regional - High Point, NC

Kathryn O'Connor Regional Cancer Center at Citizens Medical Center - Victoria, TX

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital - Covington, LA

Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center - Valdosta, GA

Seacoast Cancer Center at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital - Dover, NH

Sidney M. Oman Cancer Treatment Center at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center - Chesapeake, VA

The Women's Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation's best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience. The award winning hospitals named among the best cancer hospitals in America not only performed well clinically with regard to cancer care measures, but also have a high recommendation rate, a measure that is very important to women in choosing a hospital.

"Women are taking more control of the decision making process when it comes to selecting hospitals prior to selecting doctors," says Delia Passi, CEO & Founder of WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women's Choice Award. "Making quick decisions goes against her grain and women are seeking more information than ever before when making healthcare or hospital selections. Our mission is to reduce the risk for women and their families so they can make smarter healthcare choices."

According to Dr. Frank I. Luntz, author and noted pollster, "Americans think about their care as a highly personal issue. It's about personal health and we need to talk about health and care as distinct qualities, values and objectives rather than a massive system." The Women's Choice Award criteria recognizes the dedication and professionalism of doctors, nurses and support staff in providing the best in cancer care and serves as a trusted source women can use in making healthcare decisions and in selecting the best cancer hospitals in America.

"Clearly, women appreciate learning from the experiences of others, as they take more time to identify the best hospitals and seek validation in their choices," says Passi. "We have found that recommendations are the single most important consideration used by women in selecting a hospital for themselves and their family," added Passi.

As the collective voice of female consumers, the Women's Choice Award provides women with recommendations they can trust, from other women. Eighty percent of women will choose a brand that is highly recommended by others and over 92 percent of women will trust a hospital more if it carries the Women's Choice Award seal, according to MedeliaMonitor, Independent Poll (2013).

The Women's Choice Award program for America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care is determined first by identifying hospitals that received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (ACS/CoC) as either 1.) a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer Program, 2.) a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, or 3.) an Integrated Network Cancer Program. Those selected hospitals were then given a score based on their patient recommendation rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Hospital Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). The hospitals could then be elevated in the rankings if they offered on-site chemotherapy, radiation and/or hospice. NCI designated programs were additionally elevated for their cancer research activities.

The full list of awarded hospitals is available at WomensChoiceAward.com.

ABOUT THE WOMEN'S CHOICE AWARD®

The Women's Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices by collectively identifying the brands, products, and services most recommended and trusted by women -- those that deliver a customer experience worthy of their recommendation. 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 versus men. As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women's Choice Award, created the first national award based on the ratings and preferences of women to provide them with a collective voice. Women can make their preferences heard and be part of the mission toward a million voices strong by visiting the Women's Choice Award's official website and joining the network.

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