DETROIT, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has received the 2016 Women's Choice Award® as one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care for the third consecutive year. Karmanos also received the award in 2011 and 2012, as well as 2014 and 2015. This evidence-based designation is the only cancer care award that identifies the country's best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital.
The list of 366 award winners, including Karmanos, represents hospitals that have been accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, signifying Karmanos' commitment to meeting the highest standards in cancer care.
"Patients deserve to know where they can go for the highest quality cancer care," said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Karmanos. "We recognize that patients thrive with the most advanced cancer options from an organization rooted in delivering a caring patient experience."
The 2016 America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care must have received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as any of the following: a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Comprehensive Cancer program, a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, an Integrated Network Cancer Program, or an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program. These selected hospitals were then give a score based on their patient recommendation rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Hospital Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.
Additional criteria considered if a hospital offered on-site chemotherapy, radiation or hospice, and cancer research activities. Hospitals were penalized for having high infection rates.
"Women have many choices when it comes to cancer care, but now they can make informed choices based on rigorous, evidence-based criteria. As a cancer survivor who faced a challenging journey to recovery, I wish I had the Women's Choice Award as a resource to spare me unnecessary fret and error," said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women's Choice Award.
For more information on the 2016 America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/cancer-care/
ABOUT THE BARBARA ANN KARMANOS CANCER INSTITUTE
Located in mid-town Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, a subsidiary of McLaren Health Care, is one of 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Karmanos is among the nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including nearly 300 physicians and researchers on faculty at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer. Its long-term partnership with the WSU School of Medicine enhances the collaboration of critical research and academics related to cancer care. Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., is the Institute's president and chief executive officer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS or go to www.karmanos.org.
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 as #1088 on the INC 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2015, as well as selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch in 2015, a statewide program managed by GrowFL which celebrates the Florida's top second stage companies. Visit www.womenschoiceaward.com to learn more.
SOURCE Karmanos Cancer Institute