SOMC Earns HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award

For the third year in a row, Emergency Services of Southern Ohio Medical Center have been recognized for their impressive achievements in patient care, once again earning the HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

SOMC is one of only 263 hospitals nationwide to earn the prestigious award for 2012, which is determined through a study of patients admitted to the hospital from the emergency room for further medical treatment. The findings are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2008 to 2010.

“Receiving this award places us among the top 5 percent of emergency medical services in the nation and is quite a testament to the superior emergency care we are providing to the patients who enter SOMC,” Dr. Jason Cheatham, medical director for SOMC Emergency Services, said. “We have an outstanding team of physicians, nurses and staff members working to treat our patients with the highest quality care the minute they present to the ED and this award reflects that success.”

The HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals report focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies, including bowel obstruction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and stroke.

Other findings of the HealthGrades report stated that Medicare patients treated at hospitals recognized with a HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award had, on average, a 41.52 percent lower risk of death compared to patients treated at non-recipient hospitals. If all hospitals performed at the level of the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award recipient hospitals, an additional 170,856 people could have potentially survived hospitalization from 2008-2010.

“Our findings show the care you receive once admitted to the hospital can also make the difference between life and death,” Dr. Arshad Rahim, report author and director of Accelerated Clinical Excellence at HealthGrades, 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.”

HealthGrades is the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, helping consumers make informed decisions about physicians and hospitals. For more information about the Emergency Services provided at SOMC, please visit them on the web at