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Monday, October 22, 2012

Women's Choice Award earned by Bigfork Valley Hospital

Selection of Bigfork Valley Hospital on list of "America's Best Hospitals for Patient Experience"
is based on women's preferences.

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Women's Choice Award

Bigfork Valley Hospital has received the Women's Choice Award from WomenCertified®, distinguishing it as one of the 2012 America's Best Hospitals for Patient Experience. The award is based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and what women say they want from a hospital including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women. WomenCertified represents the collective voice of female consumers and is a trusted referral source for top businesses and brands identified as meeting the needs and preferences of women.

"Bigfork Valley has consistently been rated at the top of the state of Minnesota in overall hospital patient satisfaction, and we are pleased to be recognized by WomenCertified for our commitment to provide the best possible experience to our patients and to treat each patient the way we would treat a friend or family member. With the help of a major grant by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust we will open a new Women's Health Center this year to provide state of the art digital mammography to women in our area," Said Dan Odegaard, CEO Bigfork Valley Hospital.

Women make or influence more than 90 percent of health care decisions for themselves and their families, according to a study published by the American Academy of Family Physicians. The Women's Choice Award signals that a hospital meets high standards regarding a woman's preferences, and the distinction allows women to make an informed decision about where to go for care for themselves or their family.

"Bigfork Hospital's selection by WomenCertified as one of America's Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience differentiates it from other choices in the area," explains Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. "Women have many choices when it comes to health care, and they set the standard for customer service. Women's Choice Award recipients have demonstrated extraordinary service in meeting the needs of women and their families, and represent the smart choice for women."

Hospitals qualify for this highly selective annual list based on an in-depth proprietary scoring process. The scoring incorporates a national, standardized survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) and an analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction. Additionally, the scoring incorporates WomenCertified's in-depth research on customer satisfaction among women, including a joint study on customer satisfaction by gender conducted with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The 100 best scores in four hospital size categories determine the Award winners. WomenCertified accepts absolutely no payment in exchange for placement on the list.

"Recognizing the best hospitals nationwide that are women-friendly and align with women's identified preferences is important to our mission at WomenCertified, where women help other women with tough, consumer decisions," Passi concludes. "Most importantly, when a woman sees the Women's Choice Award at her local hospital, she'll know the hospital values her experience as a critical component of her and her loved one's care."

About Bigfork Valley Hospital

Bigfork Valley Hospital, located in Bigfork, Minn., is a general acute hospital serving a large rural area in northern Minnesota. The medical campus includes a hospital, pharmacy, and 24/7 physician-staffed emergency department as well as a full range of senior living options from independent living through skilled nursing care. The My ROI™ corporate wellness program is a service of Bigfork Valley. Visit www.bigforkvalley.org for more information.

About WomenCertified®

WomenCertified®, the voice of female consumers, awards businesses and brands based on consumer experience. WomenCertified represents the collective voice of women so they can help each other identify businesses that deserve our loyalty and referrals. WomenCertified awards businesses and brands that meet a higher standard of customer experience the Women's Choice Award. The Award is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men, which led to the development of the Female Consumer Satisfaction Index. Visit www.womencertified.com.