Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - STPH Earns Women's Choice Cancer Care

STPH Receives the 2017
Women’s Choice Award® 
as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

Range of treatment services, low infection rates cited in award recognition

COVINGTON – St. Tammany Parish Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.  The award signifies that St. Tammany Parish Hospital is in the top 8 percent of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering cancer care services.

“Our cancer center and Women’s Pavilion provide exceptional services from diagnosis to treatment to support for patients and their families,” said Patti Ellish, president and CEO of St. Tammany Parish Hospital. “This award shows that our efforts are making a difference for our patients and helping us to provide world-class healthcare, close to home.”

A hospital must be designated by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer Classification (ACS CoC) as one of four specific types of cancer programs to be considered for the award.  The Women’s Choice Award measures hospitals on the presence of specific cancer-related services offered onsite, infection rates and patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey.  The award is unique in that criteria also include primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

“Women will search on their own for the best cancer care,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.  “According to our own survey, nearly two-thirds of women would do their own research vs. letting a doctor choose a hospital for their cancer care.  The Women’s Choice Award makes it easier for them to make confident decisions.”

Accreditation required for the award ensures that a hospital or facility offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, or provides integrated cancer care and comprehensive services.  Accreditation also signifies that the facility participates in cancer-related clinical research. 

Low infection rates compared to the national average are another important measure.  Oncology patients are more susceptible than other patients to hospital-acquired infections because of their compromised immune systems.

Passi emphasized that St. Tammany Parish Hospital and all 2017 America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care deliver on the care that matters most to women.  “In addition to our award winners’ high-level performance on a national level, they provide the care that women value most, including easily accessible services onsite to avoid multiple trips for their treatment, which is so important to women faced with a cancer diagnosis,” stated Passi.

St. Tammany Parish Hospital is one of 412 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for cancer care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award. 

For more information about the 2017 America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, please visit

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A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is recognized for quality, safety and the patient experience by Leapfrog, Hospital Compare, Healthgrades, CareChex and Women’s Choice. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no ad valorem tax funding. Learn more at

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 by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second consecutive year. Visit to learn more. 

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