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St. Joseph Health Sonoma County Receives 2015 Women’s Choice Award as One of America’s Best Breast Centers


(Santa Rosa, Calif. – March 11, 2015) Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has earned the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women according to the American Cancer Society, and one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. By carrying the evidence-based designation of the Women’s Choice Award seal, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has signified its commitment to a global mission to elevate the patient experience for women and all patients as one of more than 300 America’s Best Breast Centers.

“Being recognized by WomenCertified as one of the top hospitals for breast care is a testament to our firm commitment to provide women in Sonoma County, and beyond, with a comprehensive range of high-quality breast care services,” said Charles M. Elboim, M.D, F.A.C.S, and Medical Director of the St. Joseph Health Breast Center. “We are proud of this tribute to the exceptional work of our physicians, nurses and care team, who work tirelessly to bring the latest in health care options to women in a compassionate and patient-centered way.”

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital earned the award by achieving three high-level accreditations from the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The NAPBC is a national consortium of professional organizations that focus on breast health. They are dedicated to the improvement of quality care and outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast through evidence-based standards and patient and professional education. As one of America’s Best Breast Centers, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital also carries the Seal of the ACR as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and scored above-average on CMS patient satisfaction measures.

“Every two minutes a women in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer, and she needs to know which breast centers she can trust to navigate this uncertain path,” said Delia Passi, CEO & founder of WomenCertified, home of the Women’s Choice Award. “Breast care is extremely vital to women’s health and we want them to know that Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has met the highest standards in caring for the needs of their female


patients. The Women’s Choice Award is the only program that identifies the nation’s best in healthcare based on patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality medical experience.”

The Women’s Choice Award helps women and their families by providing recommendations they can trust and use when making healthcare choices. As the collective voice of female consumers, the Women’s Choice Award provides women with recommendations from other women that they can rely upon. The full list of awarded breast centers is available here.

About Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

Located approximately 50 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, Santa Rosa Memorial is a state-of-the-art, 278-bed acute care hospital. As the designated Level II Regional Trauma Center for Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa and Lake Counties, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital provides a wide range of specialty services including critical care, cardiovascular care, stroke care, women’s and children’s services, cancer care and orthopedics. The hospital is home to the Norma & Evert Person Heart & Vascular Institute and the UCSF Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery.

About St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County

St. Joseph Health in Sonoma County is a not-for-profit provider of integrated health care, sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving health and quality of life in the communities it serves. Entities include the 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (the region’s Level II Trauma Center), the 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital, Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma, North County Hospice, St. Joseph Urgent Care centers, and St. Joseph Home Care Network. The organization’s more than 2,000 local employees offer residents of California’s North Coast a spectrum of healthcare services. These include Family Birthing, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatrics supported by on-site pediatric hospitalists 24/7, urgent care, preventive care and health promotion, outpatient behavioral health care, palliative care, rehabilitation, and community benefit programs. Visit to learn more.

About the Women’s Choice Award

The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women to make smarter choices for themselves and their families. The company and its awards identify the brands, products and services that are most recommended and trusted by women. The Women’s Choice Award is the only evidence-based quality designation that drives consumer and patient appreciation through education, empowerment and validation. Additionally, they recognize those that deliver a recommendation-worthy customer experience. Visit to learn more.

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