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Miami Valley Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital Reach Top 5% in Emergency Medicine

HealthGrades Study of Patient Outcomes at 5,000 Hospitals

DAYTON, Ohio (June 23, 2010) – Emergency medicine care at both Miami Valley and Good Samaritan hospitals has been found to be among the top 5% in the nation according to a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. As a result, both hospitals are recipients of the HealthGrades 2010 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

Of the 4,900 hospitals examined for their mortality rates in 11 of the most common conditions for Medicare patients associated with emergency medicine, only 255 received this award.

As a group, Miami Valley and Good Samaritan along with the other award recipients had a 39% lower mortality rate for the 11 conditions studied. The mortality rates were risk-adjusted so that hospitals with sicker and older patients could be compared on equal footing with other hospitals.

The HealthGrades study used five million Medicare patient records from 2006, 2007 and 2008 to analyze mortality rates in the following 11 conditions: bowel obstruction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetic acidosis and coma, gastrointestinal bleed, heart attack, pancreatitis, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure, sepsis and stroke.

Hospitals in the top 5% improved their patient outcomes in these 11 conditions 16% over the time period studied, compared with a 10% improvement for all other hospitals in the U.S.

“With the CDC showing that 50% of hospital admissions are now beginning with hospital emergency rooms, it’s more important than ever for hospitals to reach the level of excellence achieved by those in the top 5% of this study,” said Rick May, MD, a vice president with HealthGrades and co-author of the study. “Those living in a community with a top 5% hospital in emergency medicine should feel extremely confident that, should an emergency arise, they will receive top-notch care.”

Miami Valley is one of the busiest adult hospital emergency departments in the State of Ohio.  Combined both Miami Valley and Good Samaritan treated nearly 175,000 patients last year in their emergency departments.