PeaceHealth St. Joseph Among Top 5% in the Nation for Emergency Medicine


​HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization, announced today that PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is among the top five percent in the nation for emergency medicine, or the care received in the hospital when a patient has been admitted through the Emergency Departme​nt.

The findings are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010. The HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

“We believe in continuous process improvement,” said Judy Rathje, assistance vice president for Patient Care Services at PeaceHealth St. Joseph.  “And we have an outstanding interdisciplinary team of caregivers who work together to provide outcomes well above national benchmarks.”

“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 Arshad Rahim, MD, author of the report. “That said, our findings show the care you receive once admitted to the hospital can also make the difference between life and death – so we encourage people to educate themselves 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.

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