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St. Francis Health Center Among Top 5 Percent in Nation for Emergency Medicine

May 15, 2011
2011 St. Francis Health Center Among Top 5 Percent in Nation for Emergency Medicine HealthGrades Study: Patients Treated at Top Hospitals for Emergency Medicine Have 40 Percent Lower Death Rate A study released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named St. Francis Health Center among the top 5 percent in the nation for emergency medicine. The findings are based on an analysis of more than 7 million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009. The HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals study 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. “This is testament to St. Francis Health Center’s commitment to providing access to high-quality care to all patients. In a critical time, when patients need us the most, excellence matters,” said Robert Erickson, St. Francis Health Center’s president and chief executive officer. “Our community can be confident that the care they receive here is the best.” “In the case of a medical emergency, patients need to get to the closest emergency room as fast as possible. No exceptions,” said Dr. Rick May, study co-author and HealthGrades Vice President of clinical quality services. “That said, we encourage patients to prepare in advance by identifying top-performing hospitals close to home. Our research shows that it’s not just the care you receive the moment you arrive that makes the difference between life and death, but the hospital’s ability to continue to provide you with the right care at the right time if you need to be admitted.” Other key findings of the HealthGrades study include: -Medicare patients treated at hospitals recognized with a HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award had, on average, a 40 percent lower risk of death compared to patients treated at non-recipient hospitals. -On average, for the 12 conditions studied, the percentage of cases admitted through the emergency department increased 2.64 percent from 2007 to 2009. About St. Francis Health Center A nonprofit Catholic health care provider in the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, St. Francis Health Center embodies a diverse and caring community dedicated to improving the health and welfare of others. St. Francis associates have provided innovative, inspired service for nearly a century to care for thousands of patients and their families with the same spirit and resolve demonstrated by the resourceful sisters who opened the facility on Oct. 17, 1909. Today the Health Center has 378 licensed beds, a medical staff representing nearly all specialties, adult and youth volunteers and a thriving auxiliary. Skillfully integrating technology with tenderness, St. Francis and its employees have fostered a premier regional hospital featuring the newest medical innovations and state-of-the-art equipment. About HealthGrades HealthGrades is America's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades’ online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 200 million consumers annually to make informed healthcare decisions.