Special to the Index
Palo Pinto General Hospital has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Emergency Care.
Each year, there are more than 125 million emergency room visits in the U.S., with about a fifth of them being children under the age of 15.
Emergency departments continue to be an essential part of the health care system as they provide fast, life-or-limb saving care to millions each year.
The Women’s Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation’s best health care institutions and signifies Palo Pinto General Hospital’s commitment and passion for creating an extraordinary health care experience for women and all patients.
The Women’s Choice Award is also the lone recognition program that measures against the needs and preferences of women. Of the seven core measures reported by emergency departments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), women rate “door to diagnostic time” or in other words, “door to doctor,” as the most important criteria when selecting an emergency room.
The least important reported measure is the total time before leaving the emergency room.
“The award is based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience,” said Delia Passi, CEO & founder of WomenCertified, home of the Women’s Choice Award. “Palo Pinto General Hospital not only performed well clinically with regard to emergency care measures, but they also have a high recommendation rating, which is very important to women when it comes to health related decisions.”
Hospitals earning the Emergency Care Award consistently rank in the top 25 percent of the 3,600 hospitals reporting on their emergency department’s performance to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).