It’s that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can’t just let 2013 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we’re ready to get going into 2014, but first we’re taking a brief look back at the best of 2013 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,—or as we fondly refer to them—The Jauntys.
Jaunted, “The Pop Culture Travel Guide”, part of Condé Nast Traveler Network, has given a Jaunty to Lisbon for Destination of the Year 2013, following Santiago, Chile as 2012’s Destination of the Year.
The writer states that, for some reason, Americans have been ignoring Portugal and that reflects on the reactions colleagues have had over some comments – a good example being that Lisbon looks just like San Francisco. As a result, they’ve put together some basic travel packages to help you get to know the city.
Apart from Lisbon, Jaunted has also visited the South of Portugal in 2013 and has already plans to come back in the Spring.
The HPP Saúde Group – that partners with Medical Port in providing access to medical procedures and treatments abroad in Portugal -, with its hospitals Hospital dos Lusíadas, Hospital de Cascais and Hospital Dr. José de Almeida, were distinguished with the “Consumers Choice” award.
This important award recognizes and consolidates once more a culture built on quality and safety thru the adoption of the best international practices in terms of clinical protocols, monitoring and internal control of indicators, investment in human capital and continuous improvement of the global performance of HPP Saúde Group’s hospital units.
The main novelty this year relates to the evaluation of private hospitals, a category in which Hospital dos Lusíadas, Hospital de Cascais and Hospital Dr. José de Almeida have won.
“The Consumers Choice recognition consolidates the culture of health care excellence provided by the Group. Quality is part of our DNA and the distinctions received, like the important quality accreditation from the Joint Commission International, prove so. We were the first private health care provider in Portugal distinguished by the biggest company in accreditation of health units at an international level”, reinforces José Carlos Magalhães, President of the Group.
The “Consumers Choice” initiative aims to know the degree of satisfaction and acceptability of the consumers towards certain products or services, helping them to make a purchase in an informative and proper manner.
This years initiative involved 40.712 consumers that have evaluated 441 brands in several categories, resulting in 108 awardees.