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Women’s Choice Award

February 17, 2016 09:06 ET

Women's Choice Award® Announces the 2016 America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

Empowering Consumers During National Cancer Prevention Month

HOLLYWOOD, FL--(Marketwired - February 17, 2016) - The Women's Choice Award®, America's trusted referral source for the best in healthcare has just announced its 2016 America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care. This evidence-based designation is the only cancer care award that identifies the country's best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider patient recommendation ratings as well as clinical experience. According to a 2016 national survey, 83% of women said they would feel more confident choosing a hospital for cancer care if it is recognized based on strict medical criteria combined with what women value most.

The list of 366 award winners represents hospitals that have been accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, signifying their commitment to meeting the highest standards in cancer care.

The 2016 America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care must have received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer as any of the following: a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer program, a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, an Integrated Network Cancer Program, or an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program. These 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) survey. Additional criteria considered if a hospital offers on site chemotherapy, radiation or hospice, and cancer research activities. Hospitals were penalized for having high infection rates. 

This objective methodology reflects the preferences of patients for transparency from hospitals on their patient recommendation ratings combined with the highest standards of cancer care.

"Considering that 1 in 3 women and almost half of all men will develop cancer, finding the best cancer care is crucial. Women are the gatekeepers for family healthcare decisions and now they can make informed choices based on rigorous evidence based criteria that aligns with what's important to her when choosing the best care. As a cancer survivor who faced a challenging journey to recovery, I wish I had the Women's Choice Award as a resource to spare me unnecessary fret and error," said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women's Choice Award.

"Patients deserve to know where they can go for the highest quality cancer care. We recognize that patients thrive with the most advanced cancer options from an organization rooted in delivering a caring patient experience," said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The following awarded hospitals have partnered with the Women's Choice Award in empowering women and their families to make the best healthcare choices:

  • Baptist Health Paducah, Paducah, KY
  • Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit, MI
  • Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, NC
  • Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center at The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
  • Forrest General Hospital Cancer Center, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Greenwich Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, Greenwich, CT
  • Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, NJ
  • Hunterdon Healthcare's Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, Flemington, NJ
  • INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, a department of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, CA
  • Kathryn O'Connor Regional Cancer Center at Citizens Medical Center, Victoria, TX
  • Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette, LA
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY
  • Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta, GA
  • Saint Anne's Hospital, Fall River, MA
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood, KY
  • St. Joseph Cancer Care, Warren, OH
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Cancer Center, Lewiston, ID
  • St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, MO
  • St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington, LA
  • Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT
  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sacramento, CA
  • University Medical Center of Princeton, Plainsboro, NJ
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY
  • Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, Providence, RI

For a complete listing of the 2016 America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/cancer-care/

ABOUT THE WOMEN'S CHOICE AWARD®
The Women's Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country's best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women's Choice Award was recently honored as #1088 on the INC 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2015, as well as selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch in 2015, a statewide program managed by GrowFL which celebrates the Florida's top second stage companies. Visit www.womenschoiceaward.com to learn more. 

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