Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives Four 2019 Women’s Choice Awards®

July 11, 2019

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives Four 2019 Women’s Choice Awards®

Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Michelle Lazzarotti, 732-745-8528 or 908-930-6954,
Edna Arguello-Hitchner, 732-745-8528 or 732-853-6878,      
Women’s Choice Award®                                
Kathi Waldhof
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Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives Four 2019 Women’s Choice Awards®
Recognized as One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience
 Best Hospitals for Breast Centers, Cancer Care and Obstetrics
New Brunswick, NJ, July 2, 2019 –Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been named as one of America’s Best Hospitals by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in health care.  The award signifies that Saint Peter’s is one of the top healthcare providers in the country based on a review of nearly 5,000 hospitals. Saint Peter’s has been recognized in four distinct areas:  Best Hospitals for Cancer Care and Obstetrics; Best Breast Centers; and most notably for being named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience.
 “We are truly honored to have been recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, interim CEO and president, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “We’re committed to delivering the best possible clinical care and strive every day to positively impact patient satisfaction with a caring human approach across all clinical areas.”
The methodology for America’s Best Hospitals is unique in that it combines national accreditations, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient services based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.  Additionally, each service line award has specific supplementary criteria.  For a full list of award methodology, visit Women’s Choice Award methodology page
Saint Peter’s recognition as a recipient of the 2019 Women’s Choice Award for Cancer Care indicates that the hospital is in the top 9% of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering cancer care services. The 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. Accreditation 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 factor for consideration as oncology patients are more susceptible than other patients to hospital-acquired infections because of their compromised immune systems.
Recognition in Obstetrics reflects Saint Peter’s ranking is in the top 17% of 2,778 U.S. hospitals offering obstetrics. It is the only award recognizing excellence in obstetric services based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.
The America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics distinction is based on the following specific criteria:

  • The percentage of patients reporting through the HCAHPS survey that they would definitely recommend the hospital.
  • Patient safety ranking based on 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ measures of infection and complication rates.
  • Low rates of early elective deliveries (between 0-1%.)
  • Baby-Friendly USA designation, a World Health Organization (WHO)/United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) initiative to support best practices for breastfeeding education and counseling.
  • Level III and Level IV neonatal intensive care designations to provide comprehensive care for the most complex and critically ill newborns.
The hospital’s Breast Center was also recognized, ranking in the top 8% of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering breast care services. The significance of the Best Breast Centers award means Saint Peter’s is among breast centers that have met the highest standards of breast care in the nation as set by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and carry the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) seal from the American College of Radiology.
Saint Peter’s University Hospital was also recognized for its role in Patient Experience, an award signifying that the hospital ranked within the top 100 hospitals of similar size based on number of beds.
The Women’s Choice Award collects the data for the following HCAHPS survey measures and uses a weighted average to award the best hospitals for patient experience:
  • Effective communication with nurses and doctors
  • Responsiveness to requests for help
  • Providing patient recovery information
  • Explanation about medications before being administered
  • Bathroom and room cleanliness
  • Peacefulness of room at night
  • Patient recommendation rating

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, good patient experience positively correlates to disease management, adherence to treatment plans and health outcomes.
Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award, Delia Passi, emphasized that Saint Peter’s University Hospital truly delivers on the care that matters most to women. “In addition to high-level performance on a national level, Saint Peter’s provides the care that women value most, including easily accessible services, timely diagnosis, exceptional care and a true dedication to their community.”
For more information on the America’s Best Hospitals visit  
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About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology with a specialized Heartburn and Reflux Center, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction surgery. The hospital offers a midwifery service and has plans to open a brand-new state-of-the-art Birth Center in Fall 2019. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600.
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. Visit to learn more. 
The information contained in this release is not permitted to be used in a non-press related context without the express prior written consent of the Women’s Choice Award.

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