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How Long is the ER Wait at Nearby Hospitals?

New Medicare database shows how hospitals across serving the Chicago area — and the rest of the nation — compare for care. Wait times at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital are slightly less than the state average.

If you go to the emergency room at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, how long will it take before you see a healthcare professional?

The federal government says 29 minutes on average, just four minutes less than the state average according to a new database causing some hospital officials nationwide to cringe.

At Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, the average ER wait time is 28 minutes, while at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, patients can expect to wait 74 minutes, which is more than double the state and national average.

Key measures of ER efficiency have been posted from hospitals taking part across the country (not every hospital reported data), according to a report by Cheryl Clark, now senior quality editor for HealthLeaders Media.

“With precious little fanfare, Uncle Sam...rolled out a big, fat database with seven measures comparing a service that many people — healthcare providers and patients alike — consider the most critical any hospital can provide,” Clark wrote.

Data collected in 2011 and early 2012 also tracked things like how long it took for an ER patient with a broken bone to get pain medication, or how long the wait was to get a bed, if they needed admission. Other data showed how long patients spent in the ER before being sent home and whether they received a brain scan if they might have suffered a stroke. If even asked questions about how clean the bathrooms are.

You can use Patch's interactive map and search tool to get the numbers of more than 70 hospitals in the greater Chicago area. Our search tool also allows you to search by hospital name, county or city.

For even more data on local hospitals, visit the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website.

Ellin Wheelihan April 06, 2013 at 09:56 PM
During this past flu season, my personal doctor sent me to the La Grange ER. After waiting for close to three hours in the waiting room, there was still a two hour wait to be seen by anyone other than the triage nurse. I left without being seen, as did two other couples who were also of Medicare age. All of the available seats were occupied by coughing children. These families didn't have family doctors or any other access to medical treatment other than the ER. The triage nurse was apologetic, but explained that the families could not be turned away as the hospital is required to treat uninsured patients.

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