ER Wait Times At Your Fingertips
Director of Marketing/Public Relations:
April 06, 2009
Palm Harbor, FL The HCA Pinellas County hospitals along with 11 other HCA hospitals in West and Central Florida now post hospital emergency room (ER) wait times to see a qualified medical provider on their websites and via text messaging, according to Daniel Miller, President of the HCA West Florida Division. You can view these wait times around the clock at www.EdwardWhiteHospital.com, www.LargoMedical.com, www.NorthsideHospital.com, www.StPeteGeneral.com, www.SunCoastHospital.com or www.hcadocs.org or you can text ER to 23000. Message and data rates may apply. For more info visit texterhelp.com. The ER wait time for each hospital is updated approximately every 30 minutes, using an average wait time from the previous four hours. In most cases, HCA West Florida hospitals consistently rank below the national wait time average of one hour. Text message responses will include wait times for the nearest HCA ERs, based on the zip code provided in the text message.
Pinellas County HCA Hospitals participating in the project include: Edward White Hospital, Largo Medical Center and its Sun Coast Hospital campus, Northside Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.
Local HCA hospitals have focused on improving their ER programs by working tirelessly to earn accreditations and reducing the time patients spend waiting to see a qualified medical provider, explained Miller. We have been very successful, with 13 of our 15 facilities earning Joint Commission Stroke Accreditation, 14 facilities including all of our Cardiovascular Centers earning Chest Pain Accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and significant reductions in wait times to well below national averages in many cases.
About HCA West Florida Division
HCA West Florida Division is a comprehensive network of 15 hospitals, 17 outpatient surgery centers, numerous imaging facilities and a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the healthcare needs of residents and businesses in West and Central Florida communities. In 2007, HCA West and Central Florida hospitals cared for more than 472,000 patients through Emergency Room visits and more than 153,000 hospital admissions. Our more than 4,000 physicians on staff and 15,000 employees provide the quality foundation for delivering care to our patients safely, effectively and compassionately. Our parent company, HCA, is the nations leading provider of healthcare services.