ER Wait Watcher ST VINCENT'S BIRMINGHAM

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ST VINCENT'S BIRMINGHAM

(205) 939-7000

810 st vincent's drive
birmingham, AL 35205

1.0 stars 82bc0b996cc5d33325464fd180bfc5c0da2e5f213c7aee084ce70bcaececfdaf

Based on 3 ratings

Hospital Type

Acute Care Hospitals

Hospital Owner

Voluntary non-profit - Private

Emergency Dept. Volume

High (40,000 - 59,999 patients a year)

80%

of Patients Would "Definitely Recommend" this Hospital
(Ala. Avg: 71%)

See this hospital's CMS profile page or inspection reports.

80%

of Patients Would "Definitely Recommend" this Hospital
(Alabama Avg: 71%)

See this hospital's CMS profile page or inspection reports.

Patient Pathways Through This ER

After a patient arrives at the emergency room, they are typically seen by a doctor and then either sent home or admitted to the hospital and taken to a room. A small percentage of patients leave without being seen at all. The chart below shows on average how long each of these pathways take. Lower numbers are better, and all times refer to the average length of time people waited. Find out more »

Arrives at ER
2% of patients leave without being seen
40min Seen by doctor
5hrs 24min Admitted to hospital
7hrs 24min

Taken to room

3hrs 8min Sent home

All wait times are average.

Detailed Quality Measures

Here is a more in depth look at each quality measure, compared to state and national averages for hospitals with high volumes. Experts caution that very small differences between hospitals for a given measure are unlikely to correspond to noticeable differences in the real world.

 
Measure
Average for this Hospital
How this Hospital Compares

(to other hospitals with similar emergency-department volumes, when available)

All Patients

Waiting Time

Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor.

40min
National Avg.
27min
Ala. Avg.
32min
This Hospital
40min
Discharged Patients

Time Until Sent Home

Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being sent home.

3hrs 8min
National Avg.
2hrs 40min
Ala. Avg.
2hrs 45min
This Hospital
3hrs 8min
Impatient Patients

Left Without
Being Seen

Percentage of patients who left the emergency room without being seen by a doctor.

2%
Avg. U.S. Hospital
2%
Avg. Ala. Hospital
2%
This Hospital
2%
Admitted Patients

Time Before Admission

Average time patients spent in the emergency room before being admitted to the hospital.

5hrs 24min

Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

National Avg.
4hrs 55min
Ala. Avg.
4hrs 41min
This Hospital
5hrs 24min
Admitted Patients

Transfer Time

Among patients admitted, additional time they spent waiting before being taken to their room (sometimes referred to as "boarding time.")

2hrs

Data submitted were based on a sample of cases/patients.

National Avg.
1hr 55min
Ala. Avg.
1hr 42min
This Hospital
2hrs
Special Patients

Broken Bone

Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain meds.

1hr 21min
National Avg.
52min
Ala. Avg.
1hr
This Hospital
1hr 21min
Special Patients

CT Scan

Percentage of patients who arrived with stroke symptoms and did not receive brain scan results within 45 mins.

64%
National Avg.
69%
Ala. Avg.
39%
This Hospital
64%

Notes: "Average time" refers to the median waiting time (the midpoint of all patients' waiting times). References to "doctor" indicate a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. CMS reports the CT scan quality measure as the percentage of patients who received a scan within 45 minutes. We have reversed that measure so that all measures follow a "lower is better" pattern.


Sources
Data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, last updated Dec. 18, 2016. Most data was collected between April 2015 and March 2016.
Icons from The Noun Project.

Rating Summary

Overall Rating 1.0 stars 82bc0b996cc5d33325464fd180bfc5c0da2e5f213c7aee084ce70bcaececfdaf Based on 3 ratings
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  • KC Margaritis 10:52 p.m.
    Jan. 29, 2017
    Overall Rating No rating
    Wait Time
    No response
    Insurance No response
    Outcome No response
    Review

    Having complications after surgery. Dr said come to this er vs the one 6 blocks away from my home. Got here to st Vincent's east and saw other people come in after me and was told that the reason all these other people are going in before me is because in the back they have 2 sections...1 for people with minor issues and 1 section for major issues. Our major issues should be dealt with first not someone with a sore wrist. It is complete bs.

  • Ann 8:50 p.m.
    May 30, 2015
    Overall Rating No rating
    Wait Time
    No response
    Insurance No response
    Outcome No response
    Review

    I went to the St. Vincent's Birmingham feeling bad and with some chest pain. I was seen immediately by a nurse practioner and nursing assistant. They did an EKG and drew blood. They were through in their questions and were very kind. They kept me to do a second blood test then after a discussion with the physician, where he gave me options, I went home confident that my heart was fine and with plans to followup the next day with my primary care doctor.
    I have used this ER before and have always had a good experience.

  • JJ 8:25 a.m.
    May 7, 2015
    Overall Rating 1 stars 82bc0b996cc5d33325464fd180bfc5c0da2e5f213c7aee084ce70bcaececfdaf
    Wait Time
    No response
    Insurance Medicare
    Outcome Admitted to Hospital
    Review

    My 78 year old mother suffers from dementia. I had her sent to ER because she had a stomach virus and had become weak, dehydrated, and unable to stand. We spent 7 hours in the Emergency room prior to admission. Once admitted the experience only got worse. I will never use St. Vincent's again. It was a nightmare. They need to close their doors.

  • Sophie 6:28 a.m.
    April 6, 2015
    Overall Rating 1 stars 82bc0b996cc5d33325464fd180bfc5c0da2e5f213c7aee084ce70bcaececfdaf
    Wait Time
    No response
    Insurance Private Insurance
    Outcome Treated at E.R.
    Review

    I came into the ER because it felt like my throat was closing. I couldn't talk and i had trouble breathing. The nurse stuck me in a room, closed the curtain & the door and NEVER returned to check on me. Is this what you're supposed to do with a patient that says they can't breathe????? The curtain was closed, so there's no way for anybody to know if i had finally passed out and died. I could hear all of the nurses laughing and talking at the nurses' station.

    The Dr finally came in after an 1hr.

    This hospital sucks!! I wouldn't recommend this hospital to a dog.

  • sara 11:27 p.m.
    Aug. 13, 2014
    Overall Rating 1 stars 82bc0b996cc5d33325464fd180bfc5c0da2e5f213c7aee084ce70bcaececfdaf
    Wait Time
    No response
    Insurance Private Insurance
    Outcome Left without being seen
    Review

    This ER is the last place you need to go if you are sick. The wait is intolerable. We arrived at 3:00 pm and left without being seen at 7:30 pm. We were told repeatedly that we were 2nd in line to be seen yet we were never called up. My 65 year old husband was running a fever, weak, experiencing chills and sweats. Yet we sat there for over 3 hours without attention. Good Healthcare? Not hardly.

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