February 28, 2012
Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital among top 5% in nation for emergency medicine
Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s emergency department is among the top 5 percent in the nation, according to HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.
Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital is one of only 263 hospitals nationwide to earn HealthGrades’ prestigious 2012 “Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.”
“This designation puts Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in an exclusive group of high-performing hospitals,” said Rick Mace, president and chief executive officer, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “Our community can be proud to have excellent caregivers nearby.”
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 among that patient population, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
“While no one ever expects to need a trip to the emergency room, it’s comforting to know superior care is available right in our own community,” said Dr. Carlos Martinez, medical director of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital’s emergency department. “We couldn’t have achieved this designation without the support of our local emergency medical services (EMS) providers.”
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 percent lower risk of death compared to patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
* If all hospitals performed at the level of the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award recipient hospitals from 2008 through 2010, an additional 170,856 people could have potentially survived their emergency hospitalization.
“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.”
For more information about Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, visit www.keepingyouwell.com/abh.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.email@example.com; 630-856-2354