Added on Apr 12, 2011 | Filed Under: General News

NEW ORLEANS - HealthGrades, the nation's leading, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, today named Ochsner Clinic Foundation -- both Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank Campus - among the top five percent in the nation for emergency medicine for the second consecutive year.

Study findings also show that Ochsner's Emergency Medicine program is the only facility in Louisiana to receive the HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award in 2011 or a Five-Star rating for Emergency Medicine. Additionally, Ochsner's Emergency Medicine program is 1 of only 195 programs across the nation to be named among the top 5 percent in the nation for 2 consecutive years (2010-2011).

The findings are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009. HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals study focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies among that patient population, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

"Ochsner and the Department of Emergency Medicine are deeply honored to have received this distinction from HealthGrades as one of the best emergency departments in the country," said Dr. Joseph Guarisco, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ochsner Medical Center. "This award is reflective of our contribution to a major organizational push to deliver perfect patient care -every patient, every time. And, it reflects on efforts and contributions from many beyond the ED, on our investments in processes that deliver such exceptional quality and in the skilled nurses and physicians and others who take care of our patients well beyond their ED visit."

"I am extremely proud of our dedicated team of professionals, who always put the patient first," said Dr. John Phillips, Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus. "Caring, compassion, and critical thinking have led to our success."

"In the case of a medical emergency, patients need to get to the closest emergency room as fast as possible. No exceptions," said Dr. Rick May, study co-author and HealthGrades Vice President of clinical quality services. "That said, we encourage patients to prepare in advance by identifying top-performing hospitals close to home. Our research shows that it's not just the care you receive the moment you arrive that makes the difference between life and death, but the hospital's ability to continue to provide you with the right care at the right time if you need to be admitted."

Other key findings of the HealthGrades study include:

• The study found that patients treated at Emergency Medicine Excellence Award recipient hospitals had, on average, a 40% lower risk of mortality than non-recipient hospitals.

• On average, for the 12 conditions studied, the percentage of cases admitted through the emergency department increased 2.64% from 2007 to 2009.


Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and over 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 15 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a "Best Hospital" across seven specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 12,500 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

HealthGrades is America's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades' online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 200 million consumers annually to make informed healthcare decisions. The complete list of 2011 HealthGrades Emergency Medical Excellence Award recipients, ratings of all hospitals and nursing homes, and information on approximately 700,000 physicians are available for free at www.HealthGrades.com.


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