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San Antonio Community Hospital Top 5%

LatestNews_HospitalFor the third consecutive year, San Antonio Community Hospital’s emergency medical care has been found to be among the top 5% in the nation according to a report released February 21, 2012 by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about physicians or hospitals. In recognition of the this achievement, San Antonio Community Hospital (SACH) was presented with the HealthGrades 2012 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award®.

The findings are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010. The HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies among this patient population, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

“As I watch our team in action, I am proud of the technologically advanced, yet personalized care, we provide to all of our patients,” states Kevin Parkes, MD, Medical Director of SACH’s Emergency Department. “We have one of the busiest paramedic receiving centers in San Bernardino County, seeing over 70,000 patients a year. Our medical staff and nursing teams have established protocols that allow us to work together as a well-coordinated team, resulting in outstanding patient care. While many patient visits to the hospital start in our emergency room, the entire hospital is involved and should be commended for receiving this award for the third year in a row.”

“It is imperative that anyone experiencing a medical emergency go directly to the closest hospital, especially in the event of a heart attack or stroke,” said Dr. Arshad Rahim, report author and Director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence at HealthGrades. “That said, our findings show the care you receive once admitted to the hospital can also make the difference between life and death. We encourage all patients to educate themselves about the quality of emergency medical providers in their area and to choose a top performing hospital whenever there is a choice.”

Other key findings of the HealthGrades report include:

•Medicare patients treated at hospitals recognized with a HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award had, on average, a 41.52% lower risk of death compared to patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

•If all hospitals performed at the level of the Emergency Medicine Excellence hospitals from 2008 through 2010, an additional 170,856 people could have potentially survived their emergency hospitalization.