Date: 12/10/2012

Healthgrades recognizes St. Catherine Team for Excellence in Emergency Care

St. Catherine Hospital’s emergency medicine care ranks among the top 5 percent of all hospitals in the nation, according to a recent study released by Healthgrades®. St. Catherine Hospital is one of only 263 hospitals across the country to become a recipient of the 2012 Healthgrades Emergency Excellence Award™.

CEO Jo Ann Birdzell said that the award means that St. Catherine’s emergency care rivals that of the top facilities in the nation.

“Achieving this level of success requires real teamwork, from the time a patient arrives in the Emergency Department to their care in the hospital following admission,” said Birdzell. “Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to diagnose, triage, and provide timely care. We are proud of our professional, technical and support staff who work hard every day to give the very best care to patients. The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award is a tribute to those efforts,” she said.

Findings are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010. HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report analyzed patients admitted to the hospital through the emergency department for 12 diagnoses including: bowel obstruction, chronic pulmonary obstruction disease (COPD), diabetic acidosis and coma, gastrointestinal bleed, heart attack, heart failure, pancreatitis, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke.

“At St. Catherine Hospital, more than half of our inpatient admissions begin with emergency care,” said Craig Bolda, COO. “Timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment often means the difference between life and death.”

According to Healthgrades, St. Catherine and the other award recipient-hospitals for the 12 conditions studied had a 40 percent lower mortality rate. Healthgrades also found that from 2008-11 emergency room admissions were down 1.7 percent and stroke admissions were up by 2.2 percent among Medicare recipients.

Another significant finding in the HealthGrades’ Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report:

• If all hospitals performed at the level of the Emergency Medicine Excellence hospitals from 2008 through 2010, an additional 170,856 people could have potentially survived their emergency hospitalization.

“It is imperative that anyone experiencing a medical emergency go directly to the closest hospital, especially in the event of a heart attack or stroke,” said Dr. Arshad Rahim, report author and director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence at Healthgrades. “That said; our study findings show the care you receive once admitted to the hospital can also make the difference between life and death. We encourage all patients to educate themselves about the quality of emergency medical providers in their area and to choose a top performing hospital whenever there is a choice.”

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