Local hospitals rated top 5 percent in survival rates
Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Created: 04/01/2012 06:16:59 PM PDT
UPLAND – Patients seeking emergency care at a local hospital may be interested in knowing their likelihood for survival.
Denver-based company CPM HealthGrades named the top 5 percent of hospitals across the country for survival rates.
San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland made the grade.
“We’re proud of our effort,” said Kevin Parkes, medical director of San Antonio’s emergency department. “We know we’re doing a good job day in and day out. It’s nice to get this kind of recognition.”
The hospital was presented with the HealthGrades 2012 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.
This is their third year receiving the recognition, Parkes said.
“Patients look at what hospital their going to in terms of medical conditions where they’re going to have the best chance or best outcome,” Parkes said.
“By choosing one of the top five percent of hospitals you can improve your chances of doing well.”
Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino and Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville also made the list.
The findings are based on an analysis of more than 7 million Medicare patient records from 2008-10.
The HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report focused on 12 of the most common and life threatening medical emergencies including heart attack and heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, stroke, diabetic acidosis, pancreatitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The hospitals that made HealthGrades’ Emergency Medical Excellence list had on average 41.52 percent lower risk-adjusted mortality.
If all hospitals performed at the level of the Emergency Medicine Excellence hospitals from 2008-10, and additional 170,856 people could have potentially survived their emergency hospitalization, according to HealthGrades.
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