Range of treatment services, low infection rates cited in award recognition

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that PMC is among the top U.S. hospitals offering cancer care services.

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 onsite cancer-related services, 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.

“At the Lawson Cancer Center at Pikeville Medical Center, we are committed to improving the quality of life for our cancer patients by providing high quality, patient-centered care,” said Vickie Justus, Director of Oncology, Infusion and Research Services. “This award speaks volumes to the level of service our team provides.”

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.

“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.”

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

Passi emphasized that PMC and all 2023 America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care deliver the care that matters most to women.  “In addition to our award winners’ high-level performance on a national level, they provide the care that women value most, including easily accessible services onsite to avoid multiple trips for their treatment, which is so important to women faced with a cancer diagnosis,” stated Passi.

PMC is one of 459 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for cancer care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

For the full list of the Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, please visit https://womenschoiceaward.com/best-hospitals-for-cancer-care




The Women’s Choice Award for Best Hospitals™ is a trusted referral source and coveted credential that identifies the nation’s best hospitals based on robust criteria that includes relevant clinical performance, patient satisfaction and appropriate accreditations. The Best Hospitals demonstrate exceptional ratings, providing the highest level of care and commitment to their patients’ health and well-being.  The Women’s Choice Award is the only designation that takes into consideration the preferences of women when selecting a hospital. Visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/ to learn more.