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Published: 08/31/2012

"Best Of" Local readers Vote St. Vincent’s #1 Hospital, Urgent Care Centers and Midwifery Practice

Best of fairfield county reader poll 2012It’s Official, St Vincent's has been named Best Hospital four years in a row and Best Urgent Care Centers for the second year in a row in the 2012 Best of Fairfield County Readers’ Poll conducted by Fairfield County Weekly newspaper. St. Vincent’s was also named the 2012 Winner for Best Midwife Group.

The annual poll ran during the last two weeks in February and first two weeks of March both in print and on the website with approximately 200 categories that spanned healthcare and fitness facilities, physician practices, the arts, restaurants and all types of retail outlets. The results were tabulated, and the first, second and third place winners were announced in the May issues.

The Fairfield County Weekly is a free news, arts and entertainment weekly newspaper that is distributed throughout Fairfield County, with a distribution of 35,000 papers each Thursday, and an estimated readership of 75,000 readers. It is published by New Mass Media Inc., a subsidiary of the Chicago-based Tribune Company.

Best Hospital

St. Vincent’s has made a commitment to developing all of our service lines to a standard of the highest technology in the industry. “The staff physicians at St. Vincent's have outcomes, awards and recognitions that confirm their excellence. Their nursing staff is top-notch and what really sets St. Vincent's apart is their focus on patient safety, high-quality outcomes and patient-centered care,” says Chief Medical Officer Lawrence Schek.

Best Urgent Care Clinic

As medical consumers evolve, so does St. Vincent's Urgent Care Centers. Among the center's latest improvements was the addition of a team of nurse-managers. “St. Vincent's is committed to providing efficient urgent care,” agrees Director of Urgent Care Medicine and Primary Care Development Frank Scifo, MD and Director of Emergency Services and Urgent Care Kathleen Woods, RN. “We track our quality, our teamwork and our communication.” “The convenience, communication, and accessibility all mean one thing for St. Vincent's,” says Scifo "Truly, the vision of being patient-centric, and a caring and compassionate staff."

Best midwife group

Every pregnancy is unique. So it's only natural that expectant mothers seek out an individualized experience. St. Vincent’s is pleased to have partnered with nurse midwives, Sarah Najamy, CNM, and Paula Cate, CNM  of Circle for Life Midwifery in Shelton.

CNM's (Certified Nurse Midwife) Sarah and Paula emphasize “a holistic approach for the care of women of all ages, with a combination of nutrition, lifestyle counseling, herbs and homeopathy to help women transition through all life changes,” says Najamy. Cate adds, “It's not a cookie-cutter experience. We take the time, it's a very gentle approach and by openingthe birth center at St. Vincent's, we're interested in offering more natural options.”

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