Saturday, September 6, 2014

Womens Choice Ortho Award 
Norman Regional honored for providing exceptional patient care and treatment in orthopedics.

Norman, OK–August 13, 2014– Norman Regional’s HealthPlex has been named a Women’s Choice Award® recipient as an America’s Best Hospital for Orthopedics, acknowledging Norman Regional’s dedication to provide exceptional patient care and treatment. The award is based on robust criteria that include patient satisfaction measurements as well as consideration of areas of clinical excellence.

Providing women with smart orthopedic choices is critically important. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), osteoporosis, a disease characterized by weakened and fragile bone tissue, is one of the key diseases that predominately affect women. In fact, half of all women age 50 and older will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis, about eight million or 80 percent are women. The NOF also notes that a woman's risk of breaking a hip is equal to her combined risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.

Norman Regional qualifies for this highly selective annual list based on an in-depth proprietary scoring process. The scoring utilizes data reported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The selection process identifies those hospitals that provide comprehensive orthopedic services, and that meet criteria for patient satisfaction and surgical excellence based on female needs and preferences.

"As one of America's Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, Norman Regional's HealthPlex is demonstrating their commitment to fulfill the needs and preferences of women by meeting the highest standards of excellence and performance," states Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women's Choice Award program, and former group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines.

The Women's Choice Award program provides women with a trusted third party endorsement based on hospital experiences by patients in their community and back that with clinical data. By carrying the Women's Choice Award seal, Norman Regional has joined an elite network of hospitals committed to a global mission to empower women to make smart healthcare choices.

"Our team at Norman Regional is committed to providing quality care delivered with a compassionate spirit," said Norman Regional President and CEO David Whitaker. "This award is proof of their commitment to patients."

Norman Regional's HealthPlex also certified by the Joint Commission for Disease-Specific Care in the areas of Hip Fracture, Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement.

"Women spoke and clearly defined what's important to them when seeking an orthopedic hospital and the standard of excellence they expect for themselves and their families. As one of America's Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, Norman Regional 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," says Delia Passi.

Women have many choices when it comes to orthopedic care. Now they can make informed choices based on the recommendations of women who have experienced that hospital. Most importantly, when a woman sees the Women's Choice Award seal at her local hospital, she'll know the hospital values her experience as a critical component of care for her and her loved ones.

About Norman Regional Health System Norman Regional Health System
is a multi-campus system that serves the healthcare needs of south central Oklahoma. It is currently comprised of an acute-care facility, Norman Regional Hospital, on Porter Avenue, and the Norman Regional HealthPlex, located on Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road in Norman, OK. Norman Regional Hospital is licensed for 324 beds and offers a full range of services including emergency care, oncology, an intensive care unit, surgery and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex campus is licensed for 136 beds. It features the services of cardiovascular, spine and orthopedics, women’s and children’s and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex is also the home of the Chest Pain Center and the HealthPlex Heart Hospital.

About the Women’s Choice Award®
The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices by collectively identifying the brands, products, and services most recommended and trusted by women - those that deliver a customer experience worthy of their recommendation. Awards are based on surveys 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 versus men. As the leading advocate for female consumers, Women Certified Inc., home of the Women’s Choice Award, created the first national award based on the ratings and preferences of women to provide them with a collective voice. Women can make their preferences heard and be part of the mission toward a million voices strong by visiting the Women’s Choice Award’s official website and joining the network.