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Women’s Choice Award: St. Mary’s Hospitals Tops for Patient Experience in Obstetrics

Athens, GA (PRWEB) January 10, 2013

St. Mary’s Hospital has received the Women’s Choice Award from WomenCertified® distinguishing it as one of the 2013 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics. The award is based on robust criteria that include female patient satisfaction measurements as well as clinical excellence considerations. WomenCertified represents the collective voice of female consumers and is a trusted referral source for top businesses and brands identified as meeting the needs and preferences of women.

“At St. Mary’s, quality health care is our ministry as well as our mission,” said Don McKenna, FACHE, St. Mary’s President and CEO. “We understand the vital role women play in the health of their families, and we work hard to be their preferred healthcare provider, for life. We are proud to be recognized by WomenCertified as one of the Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics.”

Women make or influence more than 90 percent of healthcare decisions for themselves and their families, according to a study published by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Women’s Choice Award signals that a hospital meets high standards regarding a woman’s preferences, and the distinction allows expecting mothers to make an informed decision about where to go for their birthing and maternity care needs.

“St. Mary’s Hospital’s selection by WomenCertified as one of the Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics differentiates it from other choices in the area,” explains Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “Women have many choices when it comes to maternity care and they set the standard for customer service. Women’s Choice Award recipients have demonstrated extraordinary service in meeting the needs of women and their families, and represent the smart choice for women.”

Hospitals qualify for this highly selective annual list 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. Hospitals were also screened based on clinical criteria.

“Recognizing the best hospitals for obstetrics 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. Mary’s Hospital
St. Mary’s Health Care System is a not-for-profit Catholic health care provider whose mission is to be a compassionate healing presence in the communities we serve. Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Mary’s puts special focus on neurosciences, cardiac care, orthopedics, general surgery, robotic surgery, women’s and children’s health, and gastroenterology. The system includes 196-bed St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, 25-bed St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greene County, Highland Hills Village retirement community, home health care/hospice services, plus numerous outpatient facilities and physician practices. St. Mary’s has earned the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for advanced primary stroke care, advanced inpatient diabetes, heart failure care, knee replacement surgery and spine surgery. For more information, visit St. Mary’s website at

About WomenCertified®
WomenCertified®, the voice of female consumers, awards businesses and brands based on consumer experience. WomenCertified represents the collective voice of women so they can help each other identify businesses that deserve our loyalty and referrals. WomenCertified awards businesses and brands that meet a higher standard of customer experience the Women’s Choice Award. The Award is 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, which led to the development of the Female Consumer Satisfaction Index. Visit

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