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Via Christi Hospital among nation’s Top 5 percent for Emergency Medicine
HealthGrades: Patients admitted to top hospitals for Emergency Medicine have 40 percent lower death rate

Via Christi Health’s hospitals on St. Francis and Harry are among the Top 5 percent in the nation for Emergency Medicine, according to a report released today by HealthGrades.

Additionally, this is the third year in a row that the two Via Christi Wichita hospitals, which operate under the same provider number, have received the HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

“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 Arshad Rahim, MD, 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,” Rahim said. “ 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.”

The findings are based on an analysis of more than 7 million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010. HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report 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.

Via Christi Hospital on St. Teresa, the only hospital in west Wichita, did not open until August 2010 and consequently was not included in the study.

“Because the study included only Emergency Department patients who were admitted to the hospital, it’s a wonderful testament to the ongoing commitment to quality care by all the physicians and staff serving at our hospitals,” said Steve Nesbit, DO, chief medical officer for Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita. “I’m pleased to see their efforts recognized on a national scale.”

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 percent lower risk of death as 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 potentially could have survived their emergency hospitalization.

Via Christi is by far Wichita’s most-used emergency care provider, with more than 129,000 visits to its Wichita hospitals’ three full-service Emergency Departments in 2011. Of those, more than 61,000 were at recorded at the Via Christi Hospital on Harry; nearly 56,000 at the hospital on St. Francis; and more than 11,000 at the hospital on St. Teresa.

In January, the Via Christi Hospitals on St. Francis and Harry were recognized by HealthGrades for a sixth year in a row with a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ award, given to hospitals whose patient outcomes rank in the nation’s top 5 percent.

In addition:

• They were named to HealthGrades’ America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke and Critical Care in 2012
• According to a study released by HealthGrades in October, they ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for neurosciences, neurosurgery, stroke, pulmonary and critical care and No. 1 in Kansas for neurosurgery, stroke, critical care, pulmonary and gastrointestinal medical treatment.

HealthGrades, headquartered in Denver, Colo., is a leading provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 200 million consumers use the HealthGrades websites, including and, to research, select, and connect with a physician or hospital, and use its comprehensive information about clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action. Find more information about HealthGrades’ products and services at; on Twitter (@HealthGrades); and Facebook. More information on how HealthGrades guides Americans to their best health can be found at


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