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.
operate under the same provider number, have received the HealthGrades Emergency Medicine
“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 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