Sutter Delta in Top 5% for Emergency Medicine

One of the area’s busiest hospitals receives top marks for delivering national award-winning emergency medical care for the second consecutive year.

“Earning this award again validates the excellent care our patients receive in their own community. Sutter Delta is consistently one of the busiest Contra Costa County Emergency Departments. This year, we expect to treat more than 55,000 patients,” says Gary Rapaport, Sutter Delta CEO.

The study released by HealthGrades®, the nation’s leading, most trusted independent source of hospital quality rating, arms more than 200 million consumers annually with important information, to make choices for health care needs. Consumers have a choice, and this study narrows those choices with hospitals that have a proven track record of achieving the best possible outcomes.

“We encourage patients to prepare in advance by identifying top-performing hospitals close to home,” says Dr. Rick May, study coauthor and HealthGrades Vice President of clinical quality services. “Research shows that it’s not just the care you receive the moment you arrive that makes the difference between life and death, but the hospital’s ability to continue to provide you with the right care at the right time.”

The nationwide study was based on data from treatment outcomes of 7 million Medicare patients from 2007 to 2009. Some of the sickest patients, with 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD).

According to the study’s findings, Medicare patients treated at hospitals recognized with a HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Award had a better advantage of achieving positive outcomes, or a 40 percent lower risk of an adverse outcome compared to patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

“Earning this recognition is wonderful for Sutter Delta, but also a prestigious hallmark for residents who live right here in Contra Costa County,” adds Rapaport.

Sutter Delta Medical Center is located in Antioch, Calif. and has been serving east Contra Costa County’s communities since 1967. It has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on staff. Sutter Delta’s services include 24-hour emergency care, a family birthing/women’s health center and advanced cardiovascular care. Sutter Delta Medical Center is a proud member of the Sutter Health network of doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers.

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