Becker’s Hospital Review has named the following organizations to the 2015 edition of its annual list of 100 hospitals and health systems with great women’s health programs.
These hospitals offer award-winning care to women in a variety of specialties, including gynecology, obstetrics, women-focused heart care and women-focused cancer care.
To develop this list, the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals based on national rankings and awards received from several institutions, including U.S. News & World Report national and regional rankings for gynecology, CareChex rankings for women’s health care, women’s health Healthgrades awards, Women’s Choice Award’s Best Breast Centers list and Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA, the accrediting body for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in the U.S.
Note: Hospitals cannot pay for inclusion on this list. This list is not a ranking. Organizations are presented in alphabetical order.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis). Abbott Northwestern — part of Minneapolis-based Allina Health — has been serving the needs of women since the opening of Northwestern Hospital for Women and Children in 1882. Abbott Northwestern was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for gynecology for 2015-16. The hospital scored the No. 1 spot in the nation for women’s health excellence in CareChex’s 2016 rankings, and Women’s Choice named it one of the best breast centers in America this year.
Advocate Christ Medical Center (Oak Lawn, Ill.). This nonprofit teaching institution, part of Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, offers a bevy of women’s health services and is home to the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care and the Christ Women’s Health Center. Christ Medical Center received Healthgrades’ Women’s Health Excellence Award and Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award this year. The hospital was also ranked as one of the top 15 in the nation for women’s health excellence in CareChex’s 2016 rankings. In addition, Christ Medical Center was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top 50 hospital in the nation for gynecology for 2015-16.
Anne Arundal Medical Center (Annapolis, Md.). The Breast Center at Anne Arundal Medical Center, one of the largest in Maryland, sees more than 7,000 visits per year. This year, Women’s Choice named Anne Arundal one of the best breast centers in America. The hospital is also home to The Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, where a team of fellowship-trained urogynecologists, nurse practitioners and physical therapists treat all conditions related to female pelvic organs and pelvic floor issues. Anne Arundal was named one of the top 15 in the nation for women’s health excellence in CareChex’s 2016 rankings and also received the Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award from Healthgrades this year.
Aspirus (Wis.) Wausau Hospital. Aspirus Wausau Hospital serves as the flagship facility for the Aspirus health system and is a leader in women’s healthcare. The breast center at Aspirus Wausau Hospital’s offers numerous services, including early detection and treatment of diseases of the breast. Women’s Choice Award named Aspirus Wausau Hospital one of the best breast centers in America in 2015. The hospital also received several other awards for women’s health services this year, including Healthgrades’ Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, Labor and Delivery Excellence Award and Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award.
Aultman Hospital (Canton, Ohio). This 808-bed nonprofit hospital has earned a reputation for providing high-quality women’s health services. Aultman Hospital, which CareChex ranked as one of the top 15 hospitals in the nation for excellence in women’s health for 2016, offers reproductive gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine and genetic counseling, among other services. Aultman Hospital has also been recognized by Women’s Choice Award as one of the best breast centers in America this year.
Aurora West Allis (Wis.) Medical Center. Aurora West Allis Medical Center is home to the Aurora Women’s Pavilion, which includes a women’s health and wellness center, a birthing center, a breast health center and the center for incontinence and pelvic floor reconstruction. Part of Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care, the hospital received Healthgrades’ Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, and Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award this year. In 2015, Aurora West Allis was also named one of the best breast centers in America by Women’s Choice Award.
Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Avera McKennan — part of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health — includes the Avera Breast Center, which provides comprehensive care, education and support helped earn the hospital designation from Women’s Choice Award as one of 2015 America’s Best Breast Centers. The 545-bed hospital also offers gynecologic oncology, urogynecology and midlife care for women. CareChex named Avera McKennan one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for medical excellence in women’s health for 2016.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University (St. Louis). The Washington University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the largest center of its kind in the Midwest, offers a complete line of medical services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. The hospital, which U.S. News & World Report ranked as one of the top 20 in the nation for gynecology for 2015-16, also offers treatment to women who are diagnosed with possible gynecologic cancer or pre-cancerous conditions and gynecologic malignancies. The hospital offers its CenteringPregnancy program, through which women receive prenatal care in groups with women who have similar due dates.
Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.). Beaumont Hospital, part of Beaumont Health, was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for gynecology for 2015-16. The hospital is home to The Women’s Urology Center, the only multidisciplinary center that is dedicated to treating female urological incontinence and pelvic pain in the Midwest. Beaumont Hospital was named one of the top 15 hospitals in the nation for excellence in women’s health by CareChex for 2016. The hospital offers a comprehensive breast care program, and Women’s Choice Award named Beaumont Hospital one of the best breast centers in America this year.
Bellevue Woman’s Center (Niskayuna, N.Y.). Bellevue Woman’s Center, a service of Schenectady, N.Y.-based Ellis Medicine, is the region’s only inpatient facility dedicated to the care of woman and infants. The hospital’s OB/GYN services include breast care, surgery, gynecologic care and maternity. The center also includes the first OB/GYN hospitalist program in the region. The hospital received Healthgrades’ Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award, Labor and Delivery Excellence Award and Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award in 2015.
Bethesda North Hospital (Cincinnati). As part of Cincinnati-based TriHealth, Bethesda North Hospital houses the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care, one of the only breast centers in the region accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Together, physicians at Bethesda North and another TriHealth hospital deliver over 10,000 babies every year. U.S. News & World Report named Bethesda North as high-performing in gynecology for 2015-16, and it was a Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient in 2015. Additionally, Women’s Choice Award named the hospital one of America’s Best Breast Centers in 2015.
Billings (Mont.) Clinic Hospital. Billings Clinic is home to the Reger Family Center for Breast Health, which offers numerous unique services, including the Billings Clinic Breast Boutique. The boutique carries breast prostheses and surgical bras for post-mastectomy and cancer patients. Billings Clinic was named a high-performing hospital in gynecology by U.S. News & World Report for 2015-16 and has the only board-certified gynecologic oncologists in Montana and Wyoming. CareChex ranked Billings Clinic in the top 20 for women’s health for 2016, and Women’s Choice Award named it one of America’s Best Breast Centers in 2015.
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System (Greenville, S.C.). The system’s St. Francis Breast Health Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and this past year, it earned a designation as a Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery by the AAGL. In addition, the system was a Healthgrades’ Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient in 2015. St. Francis specializes in natural family planning by offering classes in the Creighton Model Fertility Care System. The care system uses Natural Procreative Technology, which helps women become pregnant by tracking biological markers.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston). For more than 180 years, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and its Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health & Gender Biology have played a key role in the development of women’s health. In 1832, the hospital’s predecessor — the Boston Lying-In Hospital — opened as one of the first maternity hospitals in the country. From there, Brigham and Women’s has seen numerous other advancements, including the first time anesthesia was administered during childbirth and the development of noninvasive fetal heart monitoring. Still a leader today, U.S. News & World Report ranked Brigham and Women’s Hospital as No. 2 in the nation for gynecology for 2015-16.
Bryan Health Medical Center (Lincoln, Neb.). Bryan Health Medical Center provides specialty care in the areas of labor, delivery and baby health. Its Bryan Family Birthplace offers a modern, state-of-the-art environment for pregnant women and new mothers, including private patient rooms, whirlpool tubs and room service. The medical center also offers specific services for babies, including a Level III NICU and an Infant Apnea Center. In fact, Bryan Health Medical Center was designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital by Baby Friendly USA. Healthgrades named both of the medical center’s campuses as Women’s Health Excellence Award recipients in 2015.
California Pacific Medical Center (San Francisco). California Pacific Medical Center, one of the largest private, nonprofit academic medical centers in California, is an affiliate of Sutter Health. Its Women’s Health Research Center strives to provide supportive care for women of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. WHRC offers pregnancy and postpartum massage services, as well as massage services for cancer survivors. California Pacific Medical Center houses a Breast Health Center and a Center for Advanced Surgical Options in Gynecology as well. U.S. News & World Report listed CPMC as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for gynecology in 2015-16.
Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy (Charlotte, N.C.). Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy — which is part of Carolinas HealthCare System — is home to the Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, the only center of its kind in the southeastern United States. It is designed exclusively for patients’ advanced gynecology and urology needs, and it combines the expertise of physicians from McKay Urology and CMC Women’s Institute. Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy was a 2015 Healthgrades Women’s Health Excellence Award recipient, and it was designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital by Baby Friendly USA.
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