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June 19, 2014

Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center Named Among the Best Cancer Hospitals in America

Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center receives Women’s Choice Award® for providing exceptional patient care and treatment in cancer care

VALDOSTA — Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center  has been named a Women’s Choice Award® recipient as an America’s Best Hospital for Cancer Care, acknowledging Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center’s dedication to providing exceptional patient care and cancer treatment care for women and their families.


According to the American Cancer Society, Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the US, accounting for nearly one of every four deaths. Moreover, one in every three women has a risk of developing cancer during their lifetime. Considering that the percentage of medical error for delayed, missed, and incorrect diagnosis is in the range of 10 percent to 20 percent, making the best healthcare choices is critically important (The Journal of the American Medical Association, 2012).   Considering women are responsible for 90 percent of all healthcare choices, as recorded by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Women’s Choice Award empowers women to make smart choices by validating her decision in making the critically important choice of selecting the best cancer care program.


Among the elite group of 337 hospitals, Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center earned the 2014 Women’s Choice Award because they have met the comprehensive cancer care standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, as well as for their excellence in clinical performance with regard to cancer care measures, and for their high recommendation rate, a measure that is very important to women in choosing a hospital. The Women’s Choice Award is the only distinction that identifies the nation’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience.


“Almost every woman in America has been touched by cancer. When left undetected and untreated, cancer can be a silent killer at any age. It is now more important than ever to make smart healthcare choices to screen, diagnose, and fight cancer. One of the most important decisions a woman will make in her battle is the hospital she chooses to fightthis disease,” states Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award program, and former group publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “As one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center is demonstrating their commitment to fulfill the needs and preferences of women by meeting the highest standards of excellence and performance,” adds Passi.

The Women’s Choice Award program provides women with a trusted third party endorsement based on hospital experiences by patients in their community and supports that with clinical consideration. By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center has joined an elite network of hospitals committed to a global mission to empower women to make smart healthcare choices.


According to SGMC Chief Executive Officer Randy Sauls, this award validates the unquestionable dedication of the Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center’s physicians and staff. “Our Cancer Center works very hard to exceed our patients’ expectations,” says Sauls. “Pearlman carefully crafts individualized care plans for high quality, high touch cancer services. When patients complete treatment, Pearlman is one of only a handful of community cancer centers to have an established survivorship program that is a recognized best practice in the field of cancer care.”


“Women spoke and clearly defined what’s important to them when seeking the best cancer hospitals in America and the standard of excellence they expect for themselves and their families. As one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, Pearlman Comprehensive Cancer Center at South Georgia Medical Center was selected due to their accreditation as well as offering services such as chemotherapy, radiation, hospice care and cancer research,” says Delia Passi.


Women have many choices when it comes to cancer care. Now they can make informed choices based on the recommendations of others who have experienced that hospital. Most importantly, when a woman sees the Women’s Choice Award seal at her local hospital, she’ll know the hospital values her experience as a critical component of care for her and her loved ones.


About South Georgia Medical Center  

South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) is the region’s premier healthcare provider located in Valdosta, Georgia.  The hospital serves an 11-county area in South Central Georgia and North Florida. It is governed by the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, GA. The main hospital provides general medical services, specialty services including robotic-assisted surgeries, minimally invasive and general surgeries, comprehensive cancer care, open heart surgery and angioplasty, women and children’s services, imaging services, neurology and spine surgery, orthopedics and emergency services.

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