HealthGrades releases list of top hospitals for emergency care

HealthGrades has released a list of top hospitals for emergency care, according to a press release.

HealthGrades analyzed Medicare data between the years 2008-2010 for patients admitted to the hospital from the emergency department for any of the following conditions: Bowel obstruction, COPD, Diabetes acidosis and coma, Gastrointestinal bleed, Heart attack, Heart failure, Pancreatitis, Pneumonia, Pulmonary embolism, Respiratory failure, Sepsis, and Stroke.

Key findings from the report:   

  • Large differences were found in the risk adjusted mortality rates for patients admitted through the Emergency Department, both by hospital and by market area.  
  • The top performing hospitals had on average, 41.52% lower risk-adjusted mortality than all other hospitals across the 12 diagnoses studied.
  • The top 10 cities with the lowest risk-adjusted mortality for patients admitted through the emergency department are Milwaukee, WI; Phoenix - Prescott, AZ; Cincin nati, OH; West Palm Beach, FL; Baltimore, MD; Traverse City, MI; Dayton, OH; Cleveland, OH; Fargo, ND; Detroit, MI;

A list of top performing hospitals can be found here.

(Sources: HealthGrades,, February 21, 2012; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, February 21, 2012)