April 12, 2019

Saint Anne’s Hospital Receives the 2019 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

Fall River, MA – For the fourth consecutive year, 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 9% of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering cancer care services.Women's Choice Award for Cancer Care

A hospital must be designated by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer Classification as one of four specific types of cancer programs to be considered for the award. 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 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.

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.

“We are proud that Saint Anne’s Hospital has been nationally recognized once again for the high level of cancer care that is valued by our patients and their families,” said hospital president Michael Bushell. “Earning the honor for a fourth consecutive year and, this year, being one of the top 9% of hospitals that have met the highest standards for cancer care in the U.S., is testament to our providers’ expertise and the strength of our program. We are gratified that their work is so well recognized.”

Passi emphasized that Saint Anne’s Hospital and all 2019 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.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center
Founded in 1976, Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center provides expertise in a community setting to patients in the Greater Fall River-Greater New Bedford, MA, 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 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 has been honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for three consecutive years. To learn more, visit