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Northside Medical Center Emergency Department scores below average with Medicare

The Northside Medical Center emergency department scores below average in several patient care statistics according to the official United States government site for Medicare, www.medicare.gov.

This website is a consumer tool that is useful in comparing medical care providers, including hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and other healthcare providers.   Consumers can enter either the name of a specific provider, or a city or zip code and quickly compare all providers in their area.

For example, in northeastern Ohio, consumers have many options for emergency department care.  According to the Medicare website, the Youngstown, Ohio based Northside Medical Center’s emergency department scores poorly, compared to other Ohio emergency care facilities.   For example, the report contains the following statistics.

  • In Ohio, the average time patients who came to the emergency department with broken bones had to wait before getting pain medication is 50 minutes.  By comparison, the average time at the Northside Medical Center emergency department is 94 minutes.
  • In Ohio, the percentage of patients who left the emergency room before being seen by a medical provider is two percent.  In contrast, the average percentage at the Northside Medical Center emergency department is five percent.
  • Similarly, in Ohio, the average time patients spent in the emergency department before being seen by a healthcare professional was 17 minutes.  At the Northside Medical Center emergency department, the average time was 30 minutes.
  • In Ohio, the average time patients spent in the emergency department before being admitted to the hospital as an inpatient was 244 minutes.   At the Northside Medical Center emergency department, the average time was 346 minutes.
  • Finally, in Ohio, the average time patients waited for an inpatient room, after a doctor decided to admit them as an inpatient, was 77 minutes.  At Northside Medical Center emergency department patients waited, on average, 132 minutes.

By studying the performance of local healthcare providers, consumers can better educate themselves about their medical care options.  At Clark Perdue, we encourage consumers to be proactive in their healthcare.  And, in the event that consumers suffer substandard care, we stand ready to investigate and pursue their claims.