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    St. Catherine Hospital Receives the 2017 Women's Choice Award® as One of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety

    March 8,2017

    (Garden City, KAN.) St. Catherine Hospital has been named one of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women's Choice Award®, America's trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that St. Catherine is in the top 15% of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety.

    Healthcare has made significant strides in patient safety in recent years. Hospital-acquired conditions declined 21% from 2010 to 2015, resulting in 125,000 fewer patient deaths according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hospital-acquired conditions are conditions that a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for something else.

    "The recipients of the America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety award have led the country by implementing safe practices that have ultimately saved lives," said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women's Choice Award. "This recognition is critical for women as they make 80% of healthcare decisions and need to know they are putting themselves-and their family members-in safe hands."

    The methodology used to select St. Catherine Hospital as one of America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety is unique in that it evaluates complication and infection incident rates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women's healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient safety based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

    To receive the award, hospitals must also use an Inpatient Safe Surgery Checklist to assess effective communication and safe practices during three perioperative periods: prior to administration of anesthesia; prior to skin incision; and prior to the patient leaving the operating room or procedural area.

    St. Catherine Hospital is one of six Kansas hospital recipients of this award and the only one in western Kansas. In total, there are 451 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for patient safety in the U.S. by the Women's Choice Award. For more information about the 2017 America's Best Hospitals for Patient Safety, please visit the Women’s Choice Award website.

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    About St. Catherine Hospital
    St. Catherine Hospital was founded by two pioneering physicians and the Dominican Sisters in 1931 and is a Joint Commission-accredited, award winning regional health care center that provides a full-range of medical specialties in southwest Kansas. Exceptional care, extraordinary people - it's what makes the St. Catherine Hospital difference. For more information, please visit St. Catherine Hospital website.

    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 recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second consecutive year. To learn more visit the Women’s Choice Award website.

    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.

    Media Contact
    Shawna Deal
    Community Relations Coordinator
    Cell: 620-805-9959
    Phone: 620-272-2529
    shawnadeal@centura.org



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