Saint Peter’s University Hospital earns 9 Women’s Choice awards

Honor serves as recognition of hospital’s emphasis on serving unique health care needs of women

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been named as one of America’s Best Hospitals by the Women’s Choice Award — an honor that signifies the hospital’s emphasis on serving the unique health care needs of women.

The award signifies that Saint Peter’s is one of the top health care providers in the country, based on a review of almost 5,000 hospitals.

Saint Peter’s was recognized in the following areas:

  • 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience;
  • Best Comprehensive Breast Care;
  • Best Hospitals for Cancer Care;
  • Best Mammogram Imaging;
  • Best Hospitals for Minimally Invasive Surgery;
  • Best Hospitals for Obstetrics;
  • Best Hospitals for Patient Safety;
  • Best Hospitals for Stroke Care;
  • Best Hospitals for Women’s Services.

CEO Les Hirsch obviously was thrilled by the depth of the recognition.

“To be recognized in one designated area by the Women’s Choice Award, given its high standards, is truly an honor, so receiving recognition in nine clinical specialties speaks volumes about Saint Peter’s longstanding dedication to women’s health,” he said. “Our ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible health care is demonstrated each day by a team of exceptional physicians, nurses, technicians and health care professionals.”

The methodology for the America’s Best Hospitals is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey results and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s health care preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient services based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

Delia Passi, the founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award, said care for women has far-reaching impact.

“As chief caregivers of the family, women use the health system to care for their children, spouses and parents, often putting their own health aside,” she said. “Women tend to be very selective when choosing hospitals. Being able to take care of all of her health care needs in one place is important and time saving for her.

“We take pride in helping her choose with confidence by verifying the hospitals that are the very best at providing patient care. Since women represent the cornerstone of a family’s overall health, ensuring she has access to quality care at every stage can also lead to improved health for all.”

Saint Peter’s University Hospital is certified as an advanced primary stroke center by the Joint Commission, demonstrating that the hospital has consistently met quality metrics and provided some of the best evidence-based care for its stroke patients. An advanced primary stroke center is the first line of defense in diagnosing and treating stroke and preventing or minimizing permanent brain damage to the patient.

Saint Peter’s Breast Center earned reaccreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a quality evaluation program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Saint Peter’s Women’s Imaging Center, named as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, offers HologicGenius 3D Mammography, which ensures greater clarity and detail, improving early detection of breast disease and other irregularities. Saint Peter’s cancer program was also recently reaccredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program.

Saint Peter’s is the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the country to earn the Joint Commission’s Level IV Maternal Care Verification for delivering the highest level of comprehensive care for expectant mothers and newborns. Saint Peter’s is equipped to deliver all levels of care from low-risk pregnancies to the most complicated cases through its midwifery, obstetrical, maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology services.