SOURCE: Resurrection Health Care

Resurrection Health Care

February 22, 2012 15:57 ET

Saint Joseph Hospital Ranks in Top 5 Percent in Nation for Emergency Medicine

Hospital Also Receives Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Feb 22, 2012) - In a newly released hospital quality report, Saint Joseph Hospital ranks among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for emergency medicine -- earning HealthGrades' first-time Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

The HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report identified the top-performing hospitals in the area of emergency care. Saint Joseph Hospital is one of only six hospitals in Chicago, 20 in Illinois and 263 nationwide to receive this recognition.

HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings company, analyzed mortality data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for virtually every hospital in the country. The findings are based on an analysis of more than 7 million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010. HealthGrades analyzed patients admitted to the hospital through the Emergency Department (ED) for the following 12 diagnoses:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diabetic acidosis and coma (life-threatening complication)
  • Gastrointestinal bleed
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Respiratory failure
  • Sepsis (life-threatening blood disorder)
  • Stroke

The report included only those patients admitted to the hospital from the ED for further medical treatment, representing the full continuum of a patient's care. Those hospitals with the lowest mortality rates performing in the top 5 percent in the nation received the award.

"This recognition shows that patients admitted through our Emergency Department receive the highest level of care -- which can mean the difference between life and death," said Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., executive vice president and CEO, Saint Joseph Hospital. "Our advanced technology and outstanding emergency medicine team are the reasons why we rank in the top 5 percent. Patients can count on the best emergency care possible at Saint Joseph."

Saint Joseph Hospital is an accredited chest pain center and certified stroke center. The hospital's ED will be undergoing a renovation and expansion. A completion date is anticipated in 2012.

On key findings in this new study show Medicare patients treated at hospitals in the top 5 percent had a 41.52-percent lower risk of death compared to patients treated at other hospitals. Click here to read the report/methodology.

In related news, Saint Joseph Hospital recently ranked among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for clinical performance -- earning HealthGrades' 2012 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award™. Saint Joseph is only one of four hospitals in Chicago, 20 in Illinois and 263 nationwide to earn this distinction.

The 10th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study was released in January. The study objectively identified those hospitals with the best overall clinical performance across 26 medical diagnoses and procedures -- from stroke care to bypass surgery to hip replacement. Data was evaluated at the nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals in the country. Each year, HealthGrades, an independent healthcare rating company, conducts the study to help consumers compare and evaluate hospital performance.

"This recognition is an outstanding achievement for Saint Joseph Hospital and our dedicated health care team," Dr. Luskin-Hawk said. "We are honored to be among the top-performing hospitals in the nation. The award shows our commitment to delivering exceptional care to our patients -- 365 days a year."

The study found inpatients were 30 percent less likely to die and 1.9 percent less likely to suffer from in-hospital complications at a hospital ranking in the top 5 percent in the nation compared to other facilities. Data is risk-adjusted so that hospitals treating higher volumes of sicker patients could be compared equally with other hospitals.

HealthGrades' analysis is based on about 40 million Medicare discharges for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. Using these top-performing hospitals as a benchmark in this year's study, HealthGrades quantifies the impact of differences in hospital quality in terms of lives lost and unexpected complications.

Click here to read the full study/methodology or visit the HealthGrades website.

About Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital serving Chicago's lake shore communities.

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