Saint Anne’s Hospital Receives 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s “Best Hospitals for Orthopedics”

By Saint Anne's Hospital | May 19, 2017

Fall River, Mass. – Saint Anne’s Hospital has been named one of “America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics” by the 2017 Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.

One of 374 award recipients representing hospitals that have met the highest standards for orthopedic care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award, Saint Anne’s award places it in the top 11% of 3,229 U.S. hospitals offering orthopedic services.

The Women's Choice Award is the most recent recognition of Saint Anne's orthopedic program. Saint Anne’s is one of two hospitals in Massachusetts to earn advanced certification for hip and knee replacement by The Joint Commission and the first hospital in Bristol County to earn designation as a “Blue Distinction Center+” for hip and knee replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

“Earning the 'Best Hospitals for Orthopedics’ designation by the Women's Choice Award is a great tribute to our entire orthopedic team,” said Saint Anne’s Hospital President Michael Bushell. “Not only does it signify our team’s commitment to providing high-level, safe, patient-focused care, from pre-surgical education to post-hospitalization rehabilitation, but also reflects our patients’ high satisfaction with their orthopedic experience. It is gratifying to work with a team that is truly leading the way in orthopedic care.”

There are clear gender differences in musculoskeletal disease, according to a study reported in The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Structural anatomy differences, hormones, and genetics are factors in optimizing care for male vs. female orthopedic patients. Because women have higher rates of arthritis than men, some 60% of joint replacement surgeries are performed on women.

In a national survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award, female orthopedic patients identified the following key priorities when choosing a hospital for orthopedics:

  • Single source for orthopedic services
  • Solid patient safety record
  • High recommendation ratings

“Women have different orthopedics needs, particularly as they grow older and become more at risk for osteoporosis and fractures,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “They also have different healthcare preferences, which we use to evaluate the recipients of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics. We are the only award that recognizes a hospital’s ability to meet women’s distinctive needs.”

The methodology used to select Saint Anne’s as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics 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. Award recipients are also measured on their incidence of surgical complications and infections, including:

  • A wound that splits open after surgery
  • Accidental cuts and tears
  • Deaths from serious treatable complications
  • Rate of complications for knee or hip replacement patients
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections

A hospital must have arthroscopy, joint replacement and spine surgery orthopedic services available to patients, onsite physical therapy, and an MRI in order to qualify for the award. It is the only award recognizing excellence in orthopedics based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

For more information on the 2017 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics, visit

About Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence

Saint Anne’s Hospital Center for Orthopedic Excellence offers advanced joint replacement care, including the state’s first Mako robotic-arm assisted technology for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement, total knee replacement, traditional total hip replacement, and direct anterior approach for total hip replacement. In-hospital rehabilitation begins as early as the first day, with follow-up rehabilitation provided through discharge to home or skilled nursing facilities.

The orthopedic clinical team includes board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists, registered nurses specializing in orthopedics, and physical and occupational therapists with advanced training. Patients and families participate in pre-surgical education to prepare for their surgical experience and are guided through the surgical planning and rehabilitation process by an orthopedic nurse navigator dedicated to assisting joint replacement patients. Prospective patients also have access to a team of “orthopedic patient ambassadors,” experienced joint-replacement patients who are available to share their hospital experience, recovery and rehabilitation.

In addition to knee and hip replacement, Saint Anne’s Center for Orthopedic Excellence includes arthroscopic surgery, hand surgery, surgical and non-surgical sports medicine, orthopedic trauma, pediatric orthopedics, arm and shoulder surgery, concussion management, and general orthopedics. More than 30 orthopedic surgeons perform more than 5,000 orthopedic procedures annually at the hospital’s surgical facilities in Fall River, Dartmouth and Attleboro.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital

Founded by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation in 1906, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts, is a full-service, acute care Catholic hospital with 185 beds and satellite locations in Attleboro, Swansea, Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Stoughton, Massachusetts. A member of Steward Health Care, Saint Anne’s provides nationally recognized patient- and family-centered inpatient care (including all private rooms) and outpatient clinical services to patients from surrounding Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities. In addition to comprehensive diagnostic, medical, surgical, and emergency services, Saint Anne’s key services include the Joint Commission-certified Center for Orthopedic Excellence; Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center; ambulatory surgery centers in Attleboro and Dartmouth; the Center for Pain Management in Swansea and Dartmouth; and geriatric psychiatry services at locations in Fall River and Stoughton.

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.


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