The Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals Receives the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Breast Centers - February 27, 2017

Merrillville, IN –Feb 23, 2017– The Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals has been named one of America’s Best Breast Centers by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that the Breast Care Center is in the top 7% of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering breast care services.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

“As a breast cancer survivor, I learned the hard way that where you choose to have your mammogram can have a profound impact on your outcome and experience,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.

Passi was the victim of poor imaging and misdiagnosis. Doctors eventually discovered her breast cancer after a surgical biopsy and two lumpectomies at the age of 42. Her experience was the inspiration behind creating the Women’s Choice Award following her career as former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines.

“We empower women to make educated, confident decisions about their health,” said Passi. “By identifying America’s Best Breast Centers, we’re helping women find the top accredited centers in their communities.”

The methodology used to select Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center as one of America’s Best Breast Centers is unique in that it evaluates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

The list of 352 award winners, including Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals represents breast centers that have met the highest standards of breast care in the nation as set by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and carry the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) seal from the American College of Radiology.

“We are proud to receive this award, and I congratulate our staff and physicians for their hard work and dedication each and every day. Earning this award for the fourth year in a row is a great achievement, and Methodist has a history of leadership as we were the first hospital in the Indiana Region to offer 3D mammography technology and the first to gain NAPBC Accreditation, and being awarded the Breast Imaging Center by the American College of Radiology. This award is once again a testament of our overriding goal of providing the best treatment and outcomes for our patients,” said Raymond Grady, President & CEO.

For more information about the 2017 America’s Best Breast Centers, please visit https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/healthcare/

ABOUT METHODIST HOSPITALS

Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities in Gary and Merrillville, Indiana, that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years. Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience, Oncology, Heart and Vascular Institutes and Breast Care Center. Its range of services also includes Women & Children’s Services, Bariatric Surgery services, Emergency & Trauma services, Immediate Care Centers, Orthopedics & Spine services, comprehensive Rehabilitation services, Behavioral Health and Home Health Services.

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 2016 for a second consecutive year. Visit http://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.

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