CVMC Named Among the Best Cancer Hospitals in America

Catawba Valley Medical Center receives Women’s Choice Award® for providing exceptional patient care and treatment in cancer care

CVMC Comprehensive Cancer Center located in Hickory opened in January 2013 housing an Infusion Center, Inpatient Oncology and Radiation Services within the same building to better serve patients with advanced technology and greater convenience.

CVMC Comprehensive Cancer Center located in Hickory opened in January 2013 housing an Infusion Center, Inpatient Oncology and Radiation Services within the same building to better serve patients with advanced technology and greater convenience.

Hickory, NC – June 3, 2014Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has been named a Women’s Choice Award recipient as an America’s Best Hospital for Cancer Care, acknowledging CVMC‘s dedication to providing exceptional patient care and cancer treatment care for women and their families.

According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly one of every four deaths. Moreover, one in every three women has a risk of developing cancer during her lifetime. Given the estimated percentage of medical error for delayed, missed, and incorrect diagnosis is in the range of 10 percent to 20 percent, making the best healthcare choices is critically important (The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2012). Considering women are responsible for 90 percent of all healthcare choices, as recorded by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Women’s Choice Award empowers women to make smart choices by validating the decision in making the critically important choice of selecting the best cancer care program.

Among the elite group of 337 hospitals, CVMC earned the 2014 Women’s Choice Award because it has met the comprehensive cancer care standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, as well as demonstrated excellence in clinical performance with regard to cancer care measures, and for its high recommendation rate, a measure that is very important to women in choosing a hospital. The Women’s Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience.

“Almost every woman in America has been touched by cancer. When left undetected and untreated, cancer can be a silent killer at any age. It is now more important than ever to make smart healthcare choices to screen, diagnose, and fight cancer. One of the most important decisions a woman will make in her battle is the hospital she chooses to fight this disease,” states Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award program, and former group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “As one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, CVMC is demonstrating a commitment to fulfill the needs and preferences of women by meeting the highest standards of excellence and performance,” adds Passi.

The Women’s Choice Award program provides women with a trusted third party endorsement based on patients’ hospital experiences in their community, and supports that with clinical consideration. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, Catawba Valley Medical Center has joined an elite network of hospitals committed to a global mission to empower women to make smart healthcare choices.

“Catawba Valley Medical Center is proud to earn recognition as America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care. Our Cancer Center and all of the services associated with it play a large role in our mission to provide for the health of our community,” said J. Anthony Rose, President & CEO Catawba Valley Medical Center.

“Women spoke and clearly defined what’s important to them when seeking the best cancer hospitals in America and the standard of excellence they expect for themselves and their families. As one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, CVMC was selected due to its accreditation as well as offering services such as chemotherapy, radiation, hospice care and cancer research,” says Delia Passi.

Women have many choices when it comes to cancer care. Now they can make informed choices based on the recommendations of others 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 Catawba Valley Medical Center

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, N.C., is the region’s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system and serves the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of the public in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness services, preventive medicine and acute care. CVMC has received three Magnet designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has been recognized with three Women’s Choice Awards, being named one of America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2012 and 2013, a 2013 Best Hospital for Patient Experience in Obstetrics and one of America’s Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in 2013 by WomenCertified®. CVMC received the 2013 QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare from Premier, recognizing a reduction in harm, mortality, readmissions and costs, while improving the patient experience and delivering evidence-based care. For more information, please visit

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 at the University of Pennsylvania on what drives the consumer experience for women versus men. As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified 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.

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