Cook County Health’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital has been named one of America’s 2024 Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by the Women’s Choice Award®. The award signifies that Stroger Hospital is in the Top 10% of 4,728 U.S. hospitals offering cancer care services.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our outstanding cancer care program,” said Dr. Erik Mikaitis, Interim CEO, Cook County Health. “Cook County Health is proud to offer wrap-around services led by a compassionate care team that ensures patients have their needs – physical and emotional – met during their care here.”

To qualify, a hospital must be designated by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer Classification (ACS CoC) as one of four specific types of cancer programs to be considered for the award.  The Women’s Choice Award measures hospitals on the presence of specific cancer-related services offered onsite, infection rates and patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey.  The award is unique in that criteria also include primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

“In our role as a safety net health care provider who cares for all, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, we often see patients who have advanced cancers. I’m proud to say that stage for stage, our cancer outcomes are on par with our academic peers across Chicago. This award is a testament to our oncology team’s expertise and compassion in caring for all of our patients,” said Dr. Urjeet Patel, Medical Director, Cook County Health Cancer Center.

Accreditation required for the award ensures that a hospital or facility offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services, or provides integrated cancer care and comprehensive services.

Low infection rates compared to the national average are another important measure.  Oncology patients are more susceptible than other patients to hospital-acquired infections because of their compromised immune systems.

Stroger Hospital is one of 492 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for cancer care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

“The very first step on a cancer journey is knowing where to go for the best care,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award and a breast cancer survivor. “We’re empowering women to make confident decisions about the best hospital for cancer care for themselves and their loved ones. We help them make smart, informed choices during a stressful time.”

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