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Friday, January 16, 2015

Franciscan St. Francis Health’s women’s health services earns national recognition

Expansion project gains ground with relocation, opening of new services
INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health has received the 2015 Women’s Choice Award® as an America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics.

The list of more than 350 Women’s Choice Award winners represents hospitals where women can feel confident in choosing for their maternity needs.

This recognition comes in the wake of the recent opening of a new neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics wing, which are part of an ongoing $37 million construction project at the Indianapolis hospital’s Women & Children’s Center. The new unit is the only Level III NICU in south-central Indiana.

Other recent project milestones include moving massage and acupuncture services and the  Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic into the new Women & Children’s Center. Women’s rehabilitation and pelvic health services will be open to the public at the end of January.  

“This evidence-based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from hospital,” said Lori Warner, director of Women & Children’s Services at Franciscan St. Francis. “We’re pleased our hospital and robust women’s health services have been selected for this honor.”

“New moms have many choices when it comes to obstetrics. Now they can make informed decisions based on the recommendations of other moms who have experienced that hospital first hand,” says Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “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 care for her and her loved ones.”

The America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics scoring process is unique in that it is the only national list that focuses on female patient satisfaction. Only the hospitals who qualify for this highly selective designation provide the highest level of obstetric services based on their exceptional scores for patient recommendation, as provided by data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.