- Last Updated on Saturday, 29 December 2018 04:04
Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) 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. The award signifies that MVH is in the top 10 percent of 4,797 U.S. hospitals offering orthopedic 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 percent 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
“Women have different orthopedic 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.”
The methodology used to select MVH 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 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.
MVH is one of 484 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for orthopedic care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.
“This designation is just one more example of how Monongahela Valley Hospital continues to provide the highest quality of care for the residents of the mid-Monongahela Valley. Receiving this award and The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal® of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement places the hospital as a top choice for orthopedic care,” said Louis J. Panza, president and CEO of MVH.
For more information on the America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, please visit https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/healthcare/.