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Published on July 18, 2018
PRC AWARDSEach year, Essentia Health contracts with Professional Research Consultants (PRC) to randomly survey patients about their experiences in its hospitals and clinics. PRC uses results from these surveys to rank Essentia physicians, staff and facilities within its national database of approximately 400 healthcare organizations. Surveys conducted between January and December 2017 have resulted in 224 Essentia Health physicians, advanced practitioners, departments and facilities receiving high-ranking Excellence in Healthcare Awards.
Essentia Health-Ada’s Emergency Department received a 4-Star Overall Quality of Care Award meaning they scored in the top 25 percent (75th through 89th percentiles) for percentage of patients rating the overall quality of care of the unit as “Excellent.”
TRAUMA RE-CERTIFICATIONThe Minnesota Department of Health recently re-certified Essentia Health-Ada as a Level IV trauma hospital. Essentia Health-Ada and staff voluntarily participated in the intense designation process to become part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system. The process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. They met standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training. The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.
Essentia Health-Ada Administrator Erin Stoltman says, “The level IV trauma certification exemplifies the continued focus on patient care and the importance of timely services for all, especially trauma patients.”
For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survival – the “golden hour.” The chance of survival diminishes with time; however, a trauma system enhances the chance of survival regardless of proximity to an urban trauma hospital.
“Trauma is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm. “The goal of the trauma system is to decrease injured patients’ time to care by making sure their medical needs are appropriately matched with hospital resources. With the designation of Essentia Health-Ada as a level IV trauma hospital, we are getting closer to our goal of ensuring that seriously injured Minnesotans have access to an organized system of trauma care wherever they are in the state.”
On average, trauma claims the lives of 2,400 Minnesotans annually. States with trauma systems have seen survival rates increase by 15 to 20 percent. Wide-scale participation in the voluntary trauma system ensures that a statewide, cooperative effort is in place to care for seriously injured patients.
Minnesota began developing a comprehensive statewide trauma system in August of 2005. Through its designation, Essentia Health-Ada recognizes the vital role that communities, ambulance services, hospitals and healthcare professionals play in the care and management of trauma patients.