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OSMH Emergency Department ranked fourth out of 74 Ontario hospitals

3/5/2014 12:00:00 AM

(Wednesday, March 5, 2014  - Orillia, ON) –  For the second year in a row, the Emergency Department (ED) at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) has established itself as one of the top performers in Ontario. 


OSMH is fourth in provincial rankings calculated using data from January – December 2013 that compares 74 Ontario hospitals with high volume EDs.  It’s the second year OSMH has been in the top ten, improving from a ninth place showing in 2012.   


The ranking measures hospital EDs on five performance indicators;

  • Length of Stay in the ED for:  


o   Patients requiring admission into the hospital

o   Patients with minor conditions, who don’t require admission

o   Patients with complex conditions, who don’t require admission


  • Time to Physician Initial Assessment (how soon a patient sees a physician from the time they register in ED)
  • Time to Inpatient Bed (the length of time patients remain in the Emergency Department once it’s been determined they require admission into hospital) 

“I’m so proud of the staff, physicians and everyone who have contributed to this ongoing success story,” said Bernadette DeMunnik, Manager of the Emergency Department. 


“We’re committed to providing quality care through continual improvement and one way we accomplish that is by keeping close tabs on these metrics.” 


Among the report’s highlights, OSMH ranked first overall in the time it takes to provide care to patients with complex conditions who didn’t require admission to hospital, with a 90th percentile score of 4.9 hours.   OSMH was one of only two hospitals to come in under 5 hours.     


For patients with minor conditions who didn’t require admission to hospital, OSMH was 4th in the province with a 90th percentile score of 3.1 hours. 


Dr. Aaron Barnett, Chief of Emergency Medicine, points out that these rankings couldn’t be achieved without a “total team effort from everyone in the hospital.” 


“In order for us to provide the necessary treatment, and move patients effectively and efficiently through the emergency department, we must have strong and responsive medical units to accept patients, timely responses from our laboratory and diagnostic imaging departments, and attentive physicians and nursing staff.  We’re fortunate to have all of that, and much more here at OSMH.” 


The only hospitals ahead of OSMH in the provincial rankings were St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, and Headwaters Health Care in Orangeville.  


The OSMH Emergency Department saw more than 53,000 patients in 2012/13, and is expected to see a similar amount when the 2013/14 fiscal year ends on March 31.


About Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario and serves the residents of North Simcoe Muskoka and beyond. OSMH is focused on ensuring a healthier future for our communities by providing high quality care closer to home. Medical, surgical and critical care, seniors healthcare services, adult mental health, and paediatric and perinatal care are among the Hospital's recognized areas of expertise. It also specializes in orthopaedic surgery and kidney care. For more information visit www.osmh.on.ca.




For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

Tel: 705-327-9179

E-mail: tadyni@osmh.on.ca



Data supporting this release can be found in the Access to Care, ER P4R Ranking Report 201312 (74 sites) released February 3, 2014.. 


Top 10 list (January – December 2013)


1.    St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital 

2.    Stevenson Memorial Hospital

3.    Headwaters Health Care Centre – Orangeville

4.    Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital 

5.    Owen Sound Hospital

6.    Mount Sinai Hospital – Toronto

7.    Woodstock General Hospital

8.    Guelph General Hospital

9.    Ross Memorial Hospital – Lindsay

10.  Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation – McMaster Children’s Hospital


Total hospitals on the list – 74


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