Saint Anne’s Hospital Earns the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s “Best Hospitals for Cancer Care”

Fall River, Mass. – For the second year in a row, Saint Anne’s Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Saint Anne’s Hospital is in the top 8% of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering cancer care services.

To be considered for the award, a hospital must be designated by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer Classification (ACS CoC) as one of four specific types of cancer programs. The Women’s Choice Award measures hospitals on the presence of specific cancer-related services offered onsite, infection rates, and patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey. The award is unique in that criteria also include primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

Women's Choice Award Cancer Care 2017

Saint Anne’s Hospital is one of 412 award recipients, and the only hospital in Bristol County, representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for cancer care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

In announcing the award, Saint Anne’s Hospital President Michael Bushell noted that Saint Anne’s cancer program has a legacy of providing care that is not only clinically excellent but also delivered with an understanding of the emotional and often life-changing challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

“For more than 40 years, Saint Anne’s has provided comprehensive cancer care right in the community,” said Bushell. “We’re proud of the scope of our care, from advances in medical therapies and technology, to resources that help and support patients and their families throughout their cancer experience. The Women’s Choice Award is a wonderful testament to the commitment of our physicians and specialized team to provide all of our patients with the best in community cancer care.”

“Women will search on their own for the best cancer care,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “According to our own survey, nearly two-thirds of women would do their own research vs. letting a doctor choose a hospital for their cancer care. The Women’s Choice Award makes it easier for them to make confident decisions.”

Accreditation required for the award ensures that a hospital or facility offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, or provides integrated cancer care and comprehensive services. Accreditation also signifies that the facility participates in cancer-related clinical research. 

Low infection rates compared to the national average are another important measure. Oncology patients are more susceptible than other patients to hospital-acquired infections because of their compromised immune systems.

Passi emphasized that Saint Anne’s Hospital and all 2017 America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care deliver on the care that matters most to women. 

“In addition to our award winners’ high-level performance on a national level, they provide the care that women value most, including easily accessible services onsite to avoid multiple trips for their treatment, which is so important to women faced with a cancer diagnosis,” stated Passi.

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About Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center

Founded in 1976 at Saint Anne’s Hospital, Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center provides expertise with the care and convenience of a community setting to patients in the Greater Fall River-Greater New Bedford area.  With locations at the Hudner Oncology Center at Saint Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, and Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center in Dartmouth, the center provides comprehensive medical oncology and hematology care; radiation oncology services provided in collaboration with radiation physician specialists from Brigham and Women's Physician Organization who hold appointments at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; access to national clinical trials; and professional and patient/family support services.  Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center is nationally accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community cancer program and unconditionally accredited in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital

Founded by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation in 1906, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts, is a full-service, acute care Catholic hospital with 185 beds and satellite locations in Attleboro, Swansea, Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Stoughton, Massachusetts. A member of Steward Health Care, Saint Anne’s provides nationally recognized patient- and family-centered inpatient care (including all private rooms) and outpatient clinical services to patients from surrounding Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities. In addition to comprehensive diagnostic, medical, surgical, and emergency services, Saint Anne’s key services include the Joint Commission-certified Center for Orthopedic Excellence; Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center; ambulatory surgery centers in Attleboro and Dartmouth; the Center for Pain Management in Swansea and Dartmouth; and geriatric psychiatry services at locations in Fall River and Stoughton.

About the Women’s Choice Award®

The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second consecutive year. 

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