Our Lady of Lourdes Ranks Among Top 5% in Nation for Emergency Medicine in Latest HealthGrades Study
Friday, March 2, 2012
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center has been named among the top five percent of hospitals in the nation for emergency medicine, according to a new study released by HealthGrades, the U.S.'s leading independent healthcare ratings organization.
HealthGrades identified 268 hospitals with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality and designated these hospitals as recipients of the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award. This award is intended as a proxy for the effectiveness of a hospital's multi-disciplinary teamwork and its ability to diagnose, triage and provide timely care to their patients admitted through the emergency department.
The 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 focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies among that patient population including: heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
"This special recognition by HealthGrades is a tremendous milestone for Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and emphasizes our commitment to providing the best care possible to the patients we serve," said Alexander J. Hatala, President and CEO of Lourdes Health System. "This achievement is the result of our exceptional team of emergency department physicians, nurses, technicians and support staff who dedicate their time, resources and medical expertise to helping our patients during crisis situations."
The Emergency Department at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center continuously seeks to improve its processes to deliver faster, more efficient and effective emergency care. A recent example of this includes Lourdes' adoption of the pre-hospital ECG system. For patients with suspected ST-segment elevation MI (STEMI), an electrocardiogram is performed in the field by EMS and through a centralized system, alerts the cath lab by sending over the ECG to prepare for prompt intervention before the patient arrives. This allows the cath lab to have everything in place for immediate treatment upon the patient's arrival. This advanced preparation effectively reduces door-to-balloon times and shaves off vital time-to-treatment for the patient.
Since hospital emergency departments are typically the entry point for patients who receive lifesaving care during the most critical time of their lives, ED staff play a vital role in diagnosing, treating and directing critically ill patients to the appropriate specialty care they need. HealthGrades illustrates that there are clear differences in outcomes between the best-performing hospitals and all other hospitals with regard to emergency medicine.
"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 findings show the care you receive once admitted to the hospital can be 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."
Key findings of the HealthGrades report include:
- Medicare patients treated at hospitals recognized with a HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award had, on average, a 41.52% lower risk of death compared to patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 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.
About the Emergency Department at Our Lady of Lourdes
The Emergency Department at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is well known for its advances in the treatment of all pediatric and adult emergencies. Located on the first floor of the hospital's critical care pavilion, the department maintains an outstanding team of emergency physicians, nurses and technicians backed by some of the field's most sophisticated resuscitative and monitoring equipment. Co-directors Alfred Sacchetti, M.D., and Russell Harris, M.D., are nationally recognized leaders and speakers on emergency medical treatment.
With over 15,000 square foot, 30 treatment rooms and a dedicated prompt care section, the Emergency Department is designed for maximum efficiency. A novel, direct-to-bed approach for patient assessments assures that patients are seen in the shortest time possible by the most appropriate health care providers. Registration of patients occurs directly at the bedside and all records are electronically generated and archived.
Using the latest techniques in Emergency Medicine, many of which were developed right here at Lourdes, the Emergency Department is prepared to immediately care for the most unstable of patients. In addition, the Emergency Department has direct access to all the resources of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center to assist in the stabilization and admission of these patients.
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