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Miami Valley Hospital Among Top 5 Percent Nationally for Emergency Medicine

HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Study Based on 12 Most Common, Life-Threatening Medical Emergencies Among Medicare Patients

(DAYTON, OH) April 12, 2011 – Miami Valley Hospital announced today that HealthGrades has named it among the top 5 percent in the nation for emergency medicine.

HealthGrades is the nation’s most trusted source of health care provider information.

HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals study, which was released today, bases the emergency medicine findings on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009. The study focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies among the Medicare patient population, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“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, HealthGrades vice president of clinical quality services and a co-author of the study. “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.”

Earlier this year, Miami Valley Hospital was named a HealthGrades’ Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence for the fifth consecutive year. This distinction places Miami Valley Hospital among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. The hospital also was ranked No. 1 in Ohio for cardiac surgery by HealthGrades and was among the top 5 percent in the nation for cardiac services, cardiac surgery, pulmonary and critical care.

“Miami Valley Hospital is dedicated to high quality patient care hospital-wide, and our emergency medical care is no exception,” said Bobbie Gerhart, President and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital. “Over the years, we have improved the Emergency and Trauma Center at our main campus and added an Emergency Department at Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville to enhance the quality of care of every patient we see.

As the regions only Level I Trauma Center, it is of paramount importance that Miami Valley Hospital provides excellent emergency medical care. This recognition is a testimony to the skill and commitment of the physicians, nurses and other emergency medicine staff whose innate caregiving abilities make Miami Valley Hospital the Region’s Leader.”

The HealthGrades study found that:

  • 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 cased admitted through the emergency department increased by 2.64 percent from 2007 to 2009.