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Queen of the Valley Receives the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics

06/08/2017

Napa, Calif. (June 8, 2017) – Queen of the Valley Medical Center has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. One of 374 award recipients, the award signifies that Queen of the Valley is in the top 11% of 3,229 U.S. hospitals offer orthopedics services.

There are clear gender differences in musculoskeletal disease, according to a study reported in The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Structural anatomy differences, hormones, and genetics are factors in optimizing care for male vs. female orthopedic patients. Because women have higher rates of arthritis than men, some 60% of joint replacement surgeries are performed on women.

In a national survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award, female orthopedic patients identified the following key priorities when choosing a hospital for orthopedics:

  • Single source for orthopedic services
  • Solid patient safety record
  • High recommendation ratings

“We are honored to receive the Women’s Choice Award,” said Amy Herold, Chief Medical Officer at Queen of the Valley. “This award is a tribute to our talented orthopedics team who work tirelessly to ensure the highest quality of care is delivered to our patients. We are committed to providing patient-focused care; this award is a reflection not only of our goal to provide the very best care, but also of our patients’ satisfaction with their experience.”

The methodology used to select Queen of the Valley as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics is unique in that it evaluates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. Award recipients are also measured on their incidence of surgical complications and infections, including:

  • A wound that splits open after surgery
  • Accidental cuts and tears
  • Deaths from serious treatable complications
  • Rate of complications for knee or hip replacement patients
  • Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureu (MRSA) infections

A hospital must have arthroscopy, joint replacement and spine surgery orthopedic services available to patients, onsite physical therapy, and an MRI in order to qualify for the award. It is the only award recognizing excellence in orthopedics based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

“Women have different orthopedics needs, particularly as they grow older and become more at risk for osteoporosis and fractures,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “They also have different healthcare preferences, which we use to evaluate the recipients of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics. We are the only award that recognizes a hospital’s ability to meet women’s distinctive needs.”

Queen of the Valley is one of 374 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for orthopedics care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

For more information on the 2017 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, please visit https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/healthcare/

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