Norman Regional Health System

Friday, February 7, 2020

Norman Regional Health System has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for bariatric surgery, heart care, orthopedics and stroke care by the Women’s Choice Award. The awards are based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The award signifies that Norman Regional Health System is in the top 10% of hospitals reviewed.

“These awards reflect our healers’ unwavering commitment to serving our community as the leader in health and wellness care,” said Norman Regional Health System President and CEO Richie Splitt. “The reason we focus on these areas is clear; heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, 60% of joint replacement surgeries are performed on women, nearly 60% of stroke deaths are in women and bariatric surgery greatly reduces the chance a woman will die of diabetes and heart disease. We are pleased that our efforts in these areas have been recognized with a Women’s Choice Award.”

Norman Regional Health System achieved the America’s Best distinction for Bariatric Surgery by meeting the following criteria: 

  • Accreditation by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery joint-sponsored Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
  • At least 72% of patients reporting on the HCAHPS survey that they would definitely recommend the hospital
  • A high patient safety ranking based on 11 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ measures of infection and complication rates

The methodology used to select Norman Regional Health System as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care is unique in that it evaluates:

  • The number of cardiac/vascular services offered. Recognized hospitals must offer at least six of the following services: Cardiac Catheter Lab, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiac Surgery, Carotid Stenting, Coronary Interventions, Electrophysiology, Vascular Interventions, Vascular Surgery and Coronary Intensive Care (CCU).
  • 30-Day mortality and readmission rates for heart attack and failure
  • Patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey
  • Primary research about women’s healthcare preferences

The methodology used for Orthopedics evaluates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.  Award recipients are also measured on their incidence of surgical complications and infections. A hospital must have arthroscopy, joint replacement and spine surgery orthopedic services available to patients, onsite physical therapy, and an MRI in order to qualify for the award. 

The Stroke award is based on an evaluation of 30-day stroke mortality and readmission rates, HCAHPS survey results and primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. Hospitals must also score in the top 80% of all hospitals in the following areas:

  • Percent of patients receiving Head CT scan results within 45 minutes
  • Percent of patients receiving Fibrinolytic Therapy

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