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Holy Family Named Among Top 5 Percent For Emergency Medicine

February 22, 2012

Recognition From HealthGrades is the Second in Two Years

HealthGrades®, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about medical providers, named Providence Holy Family among the top 5 percent in the nation for emergency medicine.

Holy Family received the HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award for the second consecutive year.

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, or COPD.

“We’re very proud of the care offered by the staff and physicians, and are always grateful when an outside organization confirms what we already know: that care at Providence is top-notch,” says Elaine Couture, chief executive.

Patients Admitted To Top Hospitals for Emergency Medicine Have a 40% Lower Death Rate

“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 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.”

Other 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 HealthGrades

HealthGrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the HealthGrades websites, including HealthGrades.com and BetterMedicine.com, to research, select, and connect with a physician or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action.