A study released this week by HealthGrades, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital a recipient of the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™, ranking them among the top five percent in the nation for emergency medicine for the second year in a row.
“Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital truly cares about our patients and neighbors here in the northwest Houston area, and it shows through the quality of health care services we provide day in and day out,” says Terry Wheeler, chief executive officer. “We are proud to accept the Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ for the second consecutive year, and aim to continue to improve the level of care that is available close to home for Cy-Fair and surrounding communities.”
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has improved access to emergency services deep into the community with the opening of an off-campus 24-hour emergency facility, the Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Center, earlier this year. The center, which is a department of the hospital, brings the same level of emergency medicine care as well as a wide range of diagnostic services to Cypress, Waller, Hempstead, and other northwest areas at its location at 27126 Highway 290.
The Emergency Department at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and the Cy-Fair Emergency & Imaging Center are staffed by board certified emergency medicine physicians and equipped to care for emergencies from cuts and bruises to heart attacks and strokes. Cy-Fair has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and accredited as a Cycle III Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award™ is one of many recent quality designations Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has received. Last month, Cypress Fairbanks was named among the top 10 Best Hospitals for the Houston metro area by U.S. News and World Reports, and was the highest ranked acute care hospital outside of the Texas Medical Center according to the report.
The findings of the HealthGrades study are based on an analysis of more than seven million Medicare patient records from 2007 to 2009. HealthGrades Emergency Medicine in American Hospitals study focused on 12 of the most common and life-threatening medical emergencies among that patient population, including heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
“In the case of a medical emergency, patients need to get to the closest emergency room as fast as possible. No exceptions,” said Dr. Rick May, study co-author and HealthGrades Vice President of clinical quality services. “That said, we encourage patients to prepare in advance by identifying top-performing hospitals close to home. Our 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 if you need to be admitted.”