Three categories earn "Best" in 2018 Women's Choice Award

Published 12/01/2017

South County Hospital earned three Women’s Choice Awards for 2018 - America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics, America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety and America’s Best Stroke Centers. Understanding that women in the United States make approximately 80 percent of the healthcare decisions for their families, the Women’s Choice Award was designed to empower every woman to make smarter healthcare choices by providing publicly available reporting on the best hospitals. Award recipients are based, in part, on survey results that identify women’s healthcare preferences.

Earning the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics ranks South County Hospital in the top 17 percent of the 2,720 hospitals in the country that offer obstetrical services. South County Hospital has received the Women’s Choice Award for Obstetrics each year since 2015.

The America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety recognizes South County Hospital’s safe surgery practices and low rates of complications and infections, based on data reported on 11 factors. The Hospital is ranked in the top 16 percent of 3,179 hospitals in the country for patient safety.

The award for America’s Best Stroke Centers recognizes South County Hospital for meeting high standards for stroke care as determined by the Joint Commission, as well as meeting or exceeding numerous performance measures set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization whose accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality.

In addition to the standards that hospitals must meet or exceed to qualify for Women’s Choice Awards, the organization identifies hospitals that use an Inpatient Safe Surgery Checklist, reports low rates of early elective deliveries (one percent or less) and those that have a Baby Friendly USA designation as determined by World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

In 2017, South County Hospital was the only hospital in the northeast to receive two five star ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid - for Hospital Quality and Patient Experience - and one of only 19 hospitals in the country to receive the two top ratings.

“This is a testament to our ongoing commitment to the families within our community. We could not have achieved this exceptional recognition without the hard work and support from each of our employees,” said Louis R. Giancola, president and CEO of South County Health. “Every day they demonstrate an ongoing commitment to our patients and to our community.”