Norman Regional Health System

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Norman Regional has earned the 2024 Women's Choice Award Best Hospital distinction in multiple categories, including bariatric surgery, heart care, obstetrics, orthopedics and stroke care. This recognition shows that Norman Regional is dedicated to providing excellent healthcare that takes into consideration women's specific needs and preferences. So what does this award mean for not just Norman Regional, but also our patients and the community we serve?


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The Women’s Choice Award signifies that Norman Regional is in the top seven percent of 4,728 U.S. hospitals reviewed for bariatrics.

“There are many women who struggle with their weight, especially as they get older.  For some, diet and exercise alone aren’t enough and they need to turn to bariatric surgery to reduce their weight for their overall health.” said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “As a family’s chief caregiver, it is important for women to keep their own health in top shape and we help her by letting her know where to go for the best bariatric surgery.”

An American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery study found that the risk of death from any cause is considerably less for bariatric patients than for individuals affected by severe obesity who have never had the surgery. The data shows that cancer mortality is reduced by 60 percent for bariatric surgery patients and death as a result of diabetes and heart disease is reduced by more than 92 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

Norman Regional’s bariatric program is also designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and bariatric surgery.

Heart Care

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The Women’s Choice Award signifies that Norman Regional is in the top ten percent of 4,728 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year—approximately one woman every minute.  What’s often thought of as a “man’s disease” strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

“Heart disease is the leading killer of women,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.  “With such strong prevalence of heart disease in women, we want every woman to know where to find the very best heart care before she ever has an incident.”

Norman Regional is a heart care Center of Excellence accredited by the American College of Cardiology.


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The award signifies that Norman Regional is in the top 13 percent of 4,728 U.S. hospitals offering obstetrics.

“Having a baby is one of the most precious times in a woman’s life,” said Delia Passi founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.  “New moms have many choices to make when it comes to having their baby, and choosing where to deliver the baby is right up there with choosing the best doctor. We’ve made it easy for her to identify the best hospitals that are proven to deliver an outstanding experience.”

This recognition further demonstrates Norman Regional’s commitment to quality care for mothers and their children after earning the first-in-the-nation OBED Accreditation.


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The Women’s Choice Award signifies that Norman Regional is in the top five percent of 4,728 U.S. hospitals offering orthopedics services.

“Women have different orthopedic needs, particularly as they grow older and become more at risk for osteoporosis, arthritis and fractures.  They are also staying active much longer,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “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 for their patient’s bone health, with a special focus on the needs and preferences of women. We are the only award that recognizes a hospital’s ability to meet women’s distinctive needs.”

Norman Regional is also accredited as a Center of Excellence by the Joint Commission for hip fracture care and joint replacement.

Stroke Care

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The Women’s Choice Award signifies that Norman Regional is in the top nine percent of 4,728 U.S. hospitals offering stroke care services.

According to the American Stroke Association, one in five women in the United States will have a stroke in her lifetime. Nearly 60% of stroke deaths, a “brain attack,” are in women, and studies show that women are more likely to be misdiagnosed for stroke even with the same symptoms present as men. 

“Timely diagnosis and effective care are critical to preventing disability and improving chances of recovery from stroke. The time to identify your community’s leading hospital for stroke care is right now, not in the middle of a medical emergency when every minute is precious,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “We congratulate these hospitals and their dedication to education, prevention, and early intervention to reduce the devastating effects of stroke.”

Hospitals that meet the stroke center certification requirement, must then meet or exceed the following performance measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Hospitals must also score in the top 80% of all hospitals in the percent of patients receiving Head CT scan results within 45 minutes, and cannot have received a rating of Worse than the National Rate for the Deaths from Serious Treatable Complications measure.

In addition to being a Women’s Choice Award Best hospital for Stroke Care, Norman Regional also just earned received recertification as a Stroke Center of Excellence by the Joint Commission.

Empowering Women through Exceptional Healthcare

The Women’s Choice Award is an evidence-based designation that reflects the preferences of women and signifies outstanding clinical performance. For Norman Regional, receiving this award in multiple categories underscores our ability to meet high standards in patient care, specifically in areas crucial to women's health.

This award is unique in its approach, as it is the only national list focusing on what women want from a hospital. It factors in patient satisfaction, patient recommendation ratings and clinical excellence. Norman Regional is now part of a special group of healthcare institutions that support and empower women in their healthcare decisions.

Making Informed Decisions with Confidence

The significance of the Women’s Choice Award lies in its role as a trusted guide for women making crucial healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. When patients see this award at Norman Regional, it reassures them of Norman Regional’s commitment to considering their experience as a critical component of care. It empowers them to choose with confidence, knowing they are entrusting their health to one of the nation’s best hospitals.

“Norman Regional Health System strives to provide personalized and meaningful care,” said Norman Regional Chief Nursing Officer, Brittni McGill, MSN, RN, CCRN. “We are honored to be recognized through these achievements and will continue our pursuit toward excellence.”

A Commitment to Clinical Excellence and Patient Experience

Norman Regional's achievement in being named a Best Hospital in various categories reflects our dedication to clinical excellence and superior patient experience. This award honors hospitals that not only receive extraordinary recommendation ratings but have also demonstrated exceptional service in meeting the needs of women.

Your road to better health begins with selecting the right partner as your healthcare provider. With our mission to serve our community as the leader in health and wellness care, we pledge to earn this award recognition each day – and for years to come.

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