CHICAGO – Englewood area residents rely on the lifesaving expertise of St. Bernard Hospital’s emergency room, and for good reason: St. Bernard has received the 2011 HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™, which makes it one of the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for emergency medicine care.
Research shows that patient outcomes are positively affected by high quality care. Patients treated at hospitals recognized by HealthGrades for emergency medicine excellence have a 40 percent lower risk of death as compared to patients treated at other hospitals.
This data is based on the results of a study released by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings. The national study analyzed more than 7 million Medicare patient records and the treatment provided to those with the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
“This award recognizes the commitment that St. Bernard has made to offering high quality health care to South Side residents,” said Sister Elizabeth Van Straten, RHSJ, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer. “Our patients don’t have to leave their neighborhood to find emergency treatment that ranks among the highest in the country.”
St. Bernard, which is one of only five Chicago hospitals to receive this ranking, has added several technology systems to its emergency department to improve patient safety and care in the last four years. They include a computerized system that tracks patient records for future reference and physician order entry system that allows medical orders to be placed from both inside and outside the hospital.
“Our emergency room is often the first point of contact we have with those who have life-threatening illnesses or who are critically injured,” says Sr. Elizabeth. “It is vitally important to us that the care provided to our patients from that moment on is of the highest standard.”