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St. Joseph Medical Center has been named a recipient of the 2015 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospital’s for Orthopedics, providing exceptional patient care and treatment. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, St. Joseph has joined an elite network of hospitals committed to a global mission to empower women, serving as an example to all hospitals while setting new standards of healthcare excellence for women, their families, and their community.

Hospitals qualify as an America’s Best Hospital for Orthopedics based on an in-depth proprietary scoring process, utilizing data reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. St. Joseph was selected due to their excellent rating in areas such as post-treatment complications, patient recommendation ratings , availability of microscopic surgery and adequate post-surgical care.

“This recognition is a reflection of the commitment to providing safe, high quality, compassionate care to our patients,” says Jenn Leonard, director of Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Services at St. Joseph. “It is quality-based recognition, but it is also related to patient satisfaction. So it is also a tribute to the staff from physicians to nursing staff to therapists that touch our patients.”

“Being treated with the proper level of care impacts one’s health, well-being, and healing so it is critical for women to know those hospitals that have demonstrated the highest level of quality care to their patients, with a special focus on the female experience,” says Sharyn S. Lee, RN, MS, FACEHP, President of the Healthcare Division of the Women’s Choice Award. “When patients have a highly engaged, positive experience with their hospital, it’s a win-win situation.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 719,000 total knee replacements and 332,000 total hip replacements were performed in 2010. In 2014, The National Osteoporosis Foundation reported that a woman’s risk of hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer (NOF 2014, “What Women Need to Know”). The Women’s Choice Award identifies America’s Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in order to address the growing need for bone and joint care, and disease prevention.”

St. Joseph Medical Center is a faith-based, 310-bed hospital providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services from a 24- hour Emergency Department to state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. St. Joseph has earned the Magnet designation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing. Key services include the St. Joseph Heart Institute, St. Joseph Breast Center, Birthing Center and Joint and Spine Institute. We believe that continuous, quality of care and performance improvement are the foundation for preserving and enhancing healthcare delivery. For more information,