St. Catherine ranks high for emergency medicine

2012-12-11T16:00:00Z 2012-12-11T16:13:03Z St. Catherine ranks high for emergency medicineBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
December 11, 2012 4:00 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | St. Catherine Hospital’s emergency medicine care ranks among the top 5 percent of all hospitals in the nation, according to a recent study released by Healthgrades.

The Denver-based company provides comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. 

St. Catherine Hospital is one of 263 hospitals across the country to receive the 2012 Healthgrades Emergency Excellence Award. 

CEO Jo Ann Birdzell said the award means St. Catherine’s emergency care rivals that of the top facilities in the nation. 

“Achieving this level of success requires real teamwork, from the time a patient arrives in the emergency department to their care in the hospital following admission,” she said.

“Our multidisciplinary approach enables us to diagnose, triage and provide timely care. We are proud of our professional, technical and support staff who work hard every day to give the very best care to patients."

Findings are based on an analysis of more than 7 million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010. The report analyzed patients admitted to the hospital through the emergency department for 12 diagnoses,  including bowel obstruction, chronic pulmonary obstruction disease (COPD), diabetic acidosis and coma, heart attack and stroke. 

According to Healthgrades, St. Catherine and the other award recipient-hospitals for the 12 conditions studied had a 40 percent lower mortality rate.

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