Regional Hospital of Scranton Among Top 5% in Nation for Emergency Medicine
- - HealthGrades: Patients Admitted to Top Emergency Medicine Programs Have 40% Lower Death Rate
Scranton, Pa. (Feb. 21, 2012) – A report released today by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to
help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, named Regional Hospital of Scranton
among the top five percent in the nation for emergency medicine, and a recipient of the HealthGrades Emergency
Medicine Excellence Award for the 3rd consecutive year 2010-2012. Regional Hospital of Scranton is not only
ranked among the Top 5% in the nation for Emergency Medicine, but was also rated among the top 5% of hospitals
in the nation for overall performance by HealthGrades in 2012!
The findings are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010.
HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report focused on 12 of the most common and lifethreatening
medical emergencies among that patient population, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
“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.
About Regional Hospital of Scranton
Whether you live in Lackawanna or Luzerne Counties – or one of our many surrounding counties – we are just a
short drive away. Approved by The Joint Commission, we are licensed for over 265 hospital beds, serve a network
of more than 600 physicians in more than 40 specialties of medicine and employ over 1,000 men and women.
An acute care facility, Regional Hospital of Scranton specializes in tertiary, cardiovascular, oncology and
orthopaedic care. We also have a personalized, special care facility for long-term acute care patients, which offers
comprehensive special care for medically complex patients.
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