SGMC Recognized as an America’s Best Hospital for Cancer Care for 2nd Consecutive Year

| June 13, 2015

South Georgia Medical Center

VALDOSTA –According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. The Pearlman Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center’s receipt of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care demonstrates its commitment and passion towards an extraordinary healthcare experience for women and all patients. By carrying this seal for the second consecutive year, the PCC is part of an elite network of hospitals committed to a global mission to empower women to make smart healthcare choices.

“The Pearlman Cancer Center has proven to be a center of excellence at SGMC ranking in the 97th percentile for overall patient experience,” said SGMC CEO Randy Sauls. “It is the physicians, staff members, and volunteers who have a formidable desire to achieve these high levels of accomplishments that make this recognition possible. I commend our affiliated oncologists, Radiation Oncologist John Devine, MD, Medical Oncologists Eric Anderson, MD, Samuel Ofori, MD, and Lillian Burke, MD, and the approximate 80 support staff, who work tirelessly to bring best practices to our patients.”

“Now more than ever, the Women’s Choice Award seal serves as a validation to women that they are selecting the best hospitals for their own care and that of their family,” said Sharyn S. Lee, RN, MS, FACEHP, President of the Women’s Choice Healthcare Division. The PCC is among the elite group of 331 hospitals that earned the 2015 Women’s Choice Award by meeting the highest cancer care accreditation standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, as well as for demonstrating excellence in clinical performance with regard to patient safety measures, and for maintaining a high recommendation rate, a measure that is very important to women in choosing a hospital.

Studies have shown that each patient who is dissatisfied will inform up to ten other people of this dissatisfaction (Health Administration Press). This evidence further exemplifies the importance of keeping as many people satisfied with their care as possible. “Women have many choices when it comes to cancer care, but now they can make informed choices based on rigorous evidence based criteria. As a cancer survivor who faced a challenging journey to recovery, I wish I had the Women’s Choice Award as a resource to spare me unnecessary fret and error,” said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “When faced with cancer you owe it to yourself and your family to get the best treatment,” added Passi.

The PCC is the region’s choice for state-of-the art cancer care, utilizing progressive medical technology and nationally-recognized best practices that meet or exceed national benchmarks. Since opening in 1995, the comprehensive cancer treatment facility has treated thousands of patients in one centralized location. This includes individualized patient education, financial counseling, nutritional support, nurse navigation and support groups, integrative medicine, clinical social work services, Cancer Rehab and smoking cessation. For more information on the PCCC visit www.sgmc.org/cancer.

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