Olympia Medical Center’s ER in Top 5 Percent Among U.S. Hospitals

Los Angeles, CA, July 10, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Olympia Medical Center's emergency medical care has been found to be among the top 5 percent in the nation, according to a new study released by HealthGrades, the U.S.'s leading independent health-care ratings organization.

As a result of the new study Olympia Medical Center is a recipient of the HealthGrades 2010 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

Of the 4,900 hospitals examined only 255 received this award.

"This is a true testament to the great work that our physicians, practitioners and employees do every day in our emergency room," said John Calderone, the hospital's chief executive officer.

"Many people have no idea how difficult it can be to work in the ER environment until they actually spend time there either as a caregiver or a patient," he said.

"There is no place like it in terms of dynamics, demands, expectations, and even drama," Calderone said. "For our emergency department to receive this level of recognition for their accomplishments is truly wonderful to see because they certainly deserve it."

The first annual HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals study found that, as a group, Olympia and the other award recipients had a 39-percent lower mortality rate for the 11 conditions studied.

The mortality rates were risk-adjusted so that hospitals with sicker and older patients could be compared on equal footing with other hospitals.

"With the CDC showing that 50 percent of hospital admissions are now beginning with hospital emergency rooms, it's more important than ever for hospitals to reach the level of excellence achieved by those in the top five percent of this study," added Calderone.

"Those living in a community with a top-five-percent hospital in emergency medicine should feel extremely confident that, should an emergency arise, they will receive top-notch care," he said.

Olympia Medical Center’s emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day with physicians experienced in emergency medicine.

Hospitals recognized in this top tier of hospitals treating emergency conditions improved their patient outcomes in these 11 conditions by 16 percent over the time period studied.

All other hospitals is the U.S. only improved at a rate of 10 percent during the three-year period.

HealthGrades is recognized as the nation's leading independent quality ratings organization that objectively evaluates how well hospitals are able to ensure adequate outcomes for their patients.

The group's hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates, which are based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government.

No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

Olympia Medical Center
Steven Rosenthal