Based on thousands of surveys of women, in addition to other research, the Women’s Choice Awards are unique in that they identify the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.
St. Peter’s Hospital is among this year’s 484 recipients of the America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics award. Hospitals on the list are noted for offering exceptional obstetric services that ranked above the national average for patient safety, thereby supporting a woman’s decision when choosing the best for her maternity needs. It marks the third year in a row St. Peter’s Hospital has received this honor.
Additionally, St. Peter’s Hospital was recognized as among America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care for the third year in a row. For the first time, St. Peter’s Hospital also received the America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care award.
“We are very pleased to receive a Women’s Choice Award for the third year in a row, and to be designated as among the top hospitals in the nation for obstetrics, heart care, and cancer care,” said Virginia Golden, chief executive officer of St. Peter’s Hospital and Albany Memorial Hospital. “This award is a well-deserved recognition of the compassionate, high-quality, and sophisticated care our physicians, nurses, and staff provide to our patients daily. Congratulations to everyone whose hard work resulted in this distinction from Women’s Choice Award.”
The America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics scoring process is unique in that it is the only national award recognizing excellence in obstetric services based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The award methodology combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results, and hospital outcome scores, with primary research about women’s health care preferences.
Additional requirements for the award included having a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on-site, low rates (between 0 and 1 percent) of early elective deliveries, as well as ranking above the national average for patient safety.
“Pregnancy is one of the most special times in a woman’s life,” said Delia Passi founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “Our award gives a woman the confidence that her choice of a hospital for her delivery will be the best in terms of quality care and patient safety for her and her baby. As the trend of women waiting longer to start their families continues, having the Women’s Choice Award seal is especially important for older moms who face increased risk and need a top hospital to provide her care.”
St. Peter’s Hospital, an affiliate of St. Peter’s Health Partners, is the largest Catholic acute care community hospital in northeastern New York state. The hospital, founded in 1869 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, is a not-for-profit community tertiary hospital with 442 beds, more than 900 staff physicians, and nearly 6,000 employees.
For more information about the Women’s Choice Award, visit: http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/