Port Huron, MI – June 29, 2016 – Lake Huron Medical Center has received the 2016
Women’s Choice Award® as one of
America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care. This evidence-based designation is the only Emergency Care award that
identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust
criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence,
and what women state that they want from a hospital.
The list of 360 award winners, including Lake Huron Medical Center, represents
hospitals that have provided exceptional patient care and treatment, signifying
Lake Huron Medical Center, commitment to meeting the highest standards
in Emergency Care for women, their families and their community.
"We know every minute matters in Emergency Medicine which is why our
average wait time is 20 minutes," commented Rebekah Smith, RN, CEO,
Lake Huron Medical Center. "We are honored to receive this recognition
as one of America's Best Hospitals for Emergency Care - our commitment
will continue to be on providing high-quality patient care to every patient,
every time they come through our doors."
The America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care are hospitals that
consistently rank among the best of the 3,800 hospitals reporting on the
performance of their respective Emergency Departments. They are judged
on the following Emergency Department performance measures reported by
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):
Average number of minutes before outpatients with chest pain or possible
heart attack got an ECG,
Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department, before they were
admitted to the hospital as an inpatient,
Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before they were
seen by a healthcare professional,
- Average time patients spent waiting in the Emergency Department, after
the doctor decided to admit them as an inpatient, but before leaving the
Emergency Department for their inpatient room,
- Average time patients spent in the Emergency Department before being sent home,
- Average time patients who came to the Emergency Department with broken
bones had to wait before receiving pain medication,
- Percentage of patients who came to the Emergency Department with stroke
symptoms who received brain scan results within 45 minutes of arrival,
- Percentage of patients who left the Emergency Department before being seen.
Each of the measures indicated above were weighted according to a survey
of over 1,000 women on their relative priority, and listed above in order
of importance. In addition, hospitals that fell within the bottom 25th percentile for patient recommendation scores were eliminated from consideration
for the award.
For each Emergency Department measure, the top 25th percentile and the top 50th percentile are determined for all hospitals reporting the measure. Hospitals
that ranked in the top 25% nationwide for a measure received points according
to the measure’s relative importance. Hospitals that ranked between
25% and 50% received half points. Points were then totaled for all measures,
per hospital. Those hospitals with total scores that placed them in the
top 10% nationally, earned the Women’s Choice Award.
“We have found that recommendations are an important consideration
used by women in selecting a hospital for themselves and their family.
By helping women know which hospitals in their area provide the best critical
care, we are able to help them make better decisions, especially when
it comes to emergency situations,” says Delia Passi, CEO and Founder
of the Women’s Choice Award.
For more information on the 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency