GAHHS Receives the 2018 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedic

January 29, 2018

Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services has been once again named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services is in the top 11% of 3,230 U.S. hospitals offering orthopedics services.


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 Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services 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 Aureu (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. 

Rob Schmitt, CEO of Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, appreciates what the repeat designation says about the organization. "The fact that Gibson Area Hospital has won this award for four years in a row is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our staff and physicians.  It proves this isn’t just a one-time thing.  High Quality Care and Patient Satisfaction are what set up apart from the rest.  And we have the best Orthopedic Hip, Knee, and Spine surgeons in the region.  We are proud to win this award for the 4th year in a row."

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

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 2017 for a third consecutive year. Visit to learn more. 

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