St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Receives Womens Choice Award Seal as One of Americas Best Hospitals for Orthopedics

(Pueblo, CO) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has been named a Womens Choice Award recipient as an Americas Best Hospital for Orthopedics, acknowledging St. Mary-Corwin Medical Centers dedication to provide exceptional patient care and treatment. The award is based on robust criteria that include patient satisfaction measurements as well as consideration of areas of clinical excellence.

Providing women with smart orthopedic choices is critically important. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), osteoporosis, a disease characterized by weakened and fragile bone tissue, is one of the key diseases that predominately affect women. In fact, half of all women age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime (NOF, 2013). Of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about eight million or 80% are women. The NOF also notes that a woman's risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer (NOF, What Women Need To Know).

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center qualifies for this highly selective annual list based on an in-depth proprietary scoring process. The scoring utilizes data reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The selection process identifies those hospitals that provide comprehensive orthopedic services, and that meet criteria for patient satisfaction and surgical excellence based on female needs and preferences.

As one of Americas Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is demonstrating their commitment to fulfill the needs and preferences of women by meeting the highest standards of excellence and performance, states Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Womens Choice Award program, and former group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines.

The Womens Choice Award program provides women with a trusted third party endorsement based on hospital experiences by patients in their community and back that with clinical data. By carrying the Womens Choice Award seal, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has joined an elite network of hospitals committed to a global mission to empower women to make smart healthcare choices.

Significant focus has been placed on our orthopedic program by a cross disciplinary group over the past few years, explains Brian Moore, St. Mary-Corwins President and CEO. I am proud to see the work of that team validated with this recognition for our ability to help patients recover quickly and with better outcomes than the national average.

Women spoke and clearly defined whats important to them when seeking an orthopedic hospital and the standard of excellence they expect for themselves and their families. As one of Americas Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center was selected due to their excellent rating in areas such as post-treatment complications, patient recommendation ratings, availability of microscopic surgery and adequate post-surgical care, says Delia Passi.

Women have many choices when it comes to orthopedic care. Now they can make informed choices based on the recommendations of women who have experienced that hospital. Most importantly, when a woman sees the Womens Choice Award seal at her local hospital, shell know the hospital values her experience as a critical component of care for her and her loved ones.

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About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, connecting individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 17,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. For more information on St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, please visit www.stmarycorwin.org or follow on Twitter @StMaryCorwin and facebook.com/StMaryCorwin.

About the Womens Choice Award
The Womens Choice Award program sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices by collectively identifying the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women and those that deliver a customer experience worthy of her recommendation. Awards are based on surveys 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. As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc., home of the Womens Choice Award program, created the first national award based on the ratings and preferences of women to provide them with a collective voice. Women can make their preferences heard and be part of the mission toward a million voices strong by visiting the Womens Choice Award program official website at http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/join-the-million/ and joining the network.