Little Company of Mary Hospital’s (LCMH) Primary Stroke Center has been named by Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that LCMH is in the top 8% of 4,812 U.S. hospitals offering stroke care services.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five women in the United States will have a stroke in her lifetime. Nearly 60% of stroke deaths are in women, and stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer. Most alarming, the percentage of strokes in women under age 45 is increasing, with studies showing these women are more likely to be misdiagnosed.
“We are proud to achieve the distinction as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers,” said Katie Hunt, RN, MSN, Manager of the Primary Stroke Center at LCMH. “We are committed to providing excellent care for our patients and community.”
A stroke center must be certified by the Joint Commission Stroke Certification Program as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center and/or Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center to be considered for the award. It is the only award recognizing excellence in stroke care based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.
“Timely diagnosis and effective care are critical to preventing disability and improving chances of recovery,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “Our award educates women about where they—and their loved ones—have the best chance to return to a full life following a stroke.”
The methodology used to select LCMH as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers is unique in that it evaluates 30-day stroke mortality and readmission rates and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with 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 Thrombolytic therapy
LCMH is one of 405 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for stroke care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.
LCMH has a FREE Stroke Support Group that is held quarterly on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. in The Cancer Center. The group meetings focus on the specific needs of our community members who have experienced a stroke or stroke symptoms. Each session will have a keynote speaker and provide an opportunity for individuals to gain support from others and hear valuable information. The next meeting will take place on June 19th. For more information or to register, call 708.229.5412.
ABOUT LITTLE COMPANY OF MARY HOSPITAL
From routine wellness exams and screenings to advanced diagnostic facilities for even the most critical health conditions, Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers (LCMH) has held a long tradition of serving the needs of its community for nearly 90 years. LCMH continues to achieve accolades for quality, provide new medical advances and offer a convenient range of services to Chicago’s southwest community. Visit www.LCMH.org to learn more.
ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD®
The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2017 for a third consecutive year. Visit www.womenschoiceaward.com to learn more. The information contained in this release is not permitted to be used in a non-press related context without the express prior written consent of the Women’s Choice Award.