Women's Care Awards 2019: Why They Matter for Women's Health

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Women are instrumental drivers behind the consumption and delivery of healthcare. In the last two years, 91 percent of women in the United States report that they saw a healthcare provider, while only 75 percent of men report the same.1 At the same time, women made about 80 percent of the healthcare decisions for their families.2

With these facts in mind, it is vital for women to be empowered and encouraged to take control of our health. We rely on information collected from various sources, like consumer review sites, to help inform our decisions. This robust collection of information should be applied with equal importance to healthcare decisions as well. Healthgrades recently released its 2019 Women’s Care Awards, which play an essential role in informing women about our healthcare options and potential treatment outcomes.

Each year, Healthgrades evaluate outcomes for specialty service lines and recognizes hospitals for three specific areas in women’s healthcare: Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award, Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, and Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award. These outcomes are compiled to create a list of hospitals that deliver the superior care women expect. These public lists are then shared with the intent of giving women the power to choose healthcare that fits their needs, desires, and values.

Not only do Women’s Care Awards provide information to women outside of the healthcare facility setting, they give us the chance to formulate questions that pertain to our healthcare needs before selecting a hospital or healthcare facility. This especially includes important health milestones in a woman’s life, like childbirth, as well as procedures they may face, including hysterectomy and surgery related to the female reproductive system.

With the complexity of women’s care, we as women should feel empowered to ask questions about our health and any care that goes into it. As demographic trends change -- women are living longer, having children later in life, and experiencing high risk pregnancies more frequently -- how we approach our own health changes as well. Having insights into our healthcare providers and potential outcomes powers our ability to take control of our health.

Learn more about the 2019 Women’s Care Award recipients.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

Learn more about how health systems partner with Healthgrades.

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1.https://www.kff.org/womens-health-policy/fact-sheet/gender-differences-in-health-care-status-and-use-spotlight-on-mens-health/

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25418222

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