ER Wait Watcher ST JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER

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ST JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER

(360) 734-5400

2901 squalicum parkway
bellingham, WA 98225

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Hospital Type

Acute Care Hospitals

Hospital Owner

Voluntary non-profit - Other

Emergency Dept. Volume

Very High (60,000+ patients a year)

73%

of Patients Would "Definitely Recommend" this Hospital
(Wash. Avg: 72%)

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73%

of Patients Would "Definitely Recommend" this Hospital
(Washington Avg: 72%)

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
42min Seen by doctor
4hrs 42min Admitted to hospital
6hrs 53min

Taken to room

2hrs 50min 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 very 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.

42min
National Avg.
30min
Wash. Avg.
35min
This Hospital
42min
Discharged Patients

Time Until Sent Home

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

2hrs 50min
National Avg.
2hrs 52min
Wash. Avg.
2hrs 59min
This Hospital
2hrs 50min
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. Wash. Hospital
2%
This Hospital
2%
Admitted Patients

Time Before Admission

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

4hrs 42min

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

National Avg.
5hrs 38min
Wash. Avg.
5hrs 8min
This Hospital
4hrs 42min
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 11min

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

National Avg.
2hrs 14min
Wash. Avg.
2hrs 8min
This Hospital
2hrs 11min
Special Patients

Broken Bone

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

1hr 6min
National Avg.
52min
Wash. Avg.
55min
This Hospital
1hr 6min
Special Patients

CT Scan

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

54%
National Avg.
69%
Wash. Avg.
34%
This Hospital
54%

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.
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  • M.S. Yrizarry 6:07 a.m.
    Aug. 21, 2015
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    My Physician instructed me on three occasions to go to E.R. for severe blood pressures from last eighteen days, and severe headaches with some weakness and numbness in left limbs, stiff neck, loss of balance, and vision changes. My blood pressures were running between 237/114 to 204/111. At the E.R. when the triage nurse took my B.P. (roughly between 30 and 45 minutes after I arrived), it was 199/101 Approximately, (although I never saw the readings myself). I was asked to wait in an already overcrowded waiting room, (it was a Thursday night), [My history consisted of past surgery for tetralogy of Fallot and a remaining VSD, two TIA's, a hemorrhagic stroke, and one recorded episode of Afib. "with lingering effects from my prior Hemorrhagic stroke and mostly untreated High Blood Pressure"]. Even though I explained to the triage nurse I had been experiencing intermittent chest pain for the past few weeks and a severe headache for an exceptional number of days with my B.P. increasing despite larger doses of my B.P. and heart medications, As ordered by my Cardiologist and General practice doctors, I could not get my B.P. down to a normal range. The triage nurse stated I was first in my category, which, about (90 minutes) later, I found out was a level 3 with 1's and 2's ahead of me, turns out 3 is a classification for low priority! So I decided to leave after realizing it would be a lot longer before I was seen, "if at all". I don't have any readily available options at the moment and the V.A Hospital is nearly a hundred miles away! There are no other hospitals in this area. Add to this that I have found many of the medical staff, i.e., nurses and doctors at this hospital to be far less than professional as some of them used ridicule and humiliation to disgrace or even shame me and other patients while in the E.R. I believe this is just another way for this hospital's personnel (including administration and some doctors) to discriminate against individuals they do not find suitable to receive their full, adequate services. "A kind of (malice afore- thought) should I die without proper medical care, due to minimal, or the least care that can "legally" be rendered. Who would ever know?

  • C-girl 6:15 a.m.
    June 25, 2015
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    Boarding time is closing in on 2 hours, have been here for a little over 3 hours total

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