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HealthGrades Names Tops Cities for ED Care

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011

The top 10 cities for emergency medicine identified by the study are:

1. Cincinnati
2. Phoenix
3. Milwaukee
4. Dayton, OH
5. Cleveland
6. West Palm Beach, FL
7. Tucson
8. Baltimore
9. Houston
10. Detroit
The study also found that:
  • On average, for the 12 conditions studied, the percentage of cases admitted through the ED increased 2.64% from 2007 to 2009.
  • Providence, RI; Las Vegas; Miami-Ft. Lauderdale; and New York City had the highest percentage of admission through the ED (93.05%, 91.65%, 91.12% and 90.78%, respectively).
  • Lincoln, NE; Sioux Falls, SD; Wichita, KS; and Omaha, NE had the lowest percentage of admissions through the ED (48.06%, 53.72%, 54.84% and 62.32%, respectively).

Hospitals included in the study had to have a minimum threshold in terms of patient volumes, quality ratings, and the range of services provided. A copy of the study is available here.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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