Port Charlotte, FL - Fawcett Memorial Hospital, an HCA affiliate, was named one of 59 hospitals in the nation with the lowest door-to-diagnostic-evaluation ER wait times. The list was compiled by Becker's Hospital Review and data was sourced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. All hospitals listed had emergency department wait times under four minutes with Fawcett Memorial Hospital at a 3 minute wait time.
The times are categorized under the "door-to-diagnostic evaluation" measure in the Hospital Compare's Emergency Department Care Measures dataset. The data was collected between April 2015 and March 2016. The national average "door-to-diagnoses evaluation" time is 22 minutes. According to Medicare.gov, timely and effective care in hospital emergency departments is essential for good patient outcomes. Delays before getting care in the emergency department can reduce the quality of care and increase risks and discomfort for patients with serious illnesses or injuries. Waiting times at different hospitals can vary widely, depending on the number of patients seen, staffing levels, efficiency, admitting procedures, or the availability of inpatient beds.
"Timely and effective care in hospital emergency departments is essential for good patient outcomes, and we're proud to consistently offer the lowest ER wait times in the nation," says Bill Hawley, CEO at Fawcett.
For Fawcett, ER wait times can be found on several billboards in the area, online at FawcettHospital.com and are available via text. Simply text ER to 23000. Message and data rates may apply. For more info visit texterhelp.com. ER wait times represent a four-hour rolling average updated every 30 minutes, and is defined as the time of patient arrival until the time the patient is greeted by a qualified medical professional. Patients are triaged at arrival and are then seen by a qualified medical professional in priority order based on their presenting complaint and reason for visit.