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Short emergency department waiting times at Roger Williams, Fatima Hospital confirmed by study

CharterCARE’s two hospitals -- Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital -- are home to emergency departments with some of the shortest waiting times in Rhode Island, according to a recent study posted on GoLocalProv.com

Both hospitals were in the top three in terms of shortest emergency department waiting times. The average waiting time for an emergency department patient to be seen by a doctor at Fatima Hospital was 23 minutes. The time at Roger Williams was 20 minutes. The hospital with the highest average in the state was 73 minutes.

GoLocalProv.com utilized data prepared by ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. The American Hospital Association reports that emergency room visits have increased by nearly 19 percent over the past decade.

Both hospitals have a history of leadership in the delivery of emergency care. In 2013, Fatima and Roger Williams opened the state’s first (and still only) senior-friendly emergency departments. For nearly a year, both emergency departments underwent physical renovations and modifications, while providing enhanced training and assessment tools for staff. Both hospitals are also certified in Advanced Stroke Care by The Joint Commission.

In 2014, Fatima became one of the first hospitals in Rhode Island to post current emergency department waiting times on its hospital web site. And late last year, CharterCARE announced expansion and renovations to both hospital emergency departments as part of a $17.5 million capital improvement program. These facility improvements will serve to further enhance the already-excellent emergency care delivered at CharterCARE’s two hospitals.

To read the article on the study of emergency department waiting times, please visit: http://m.golocalprov.com/news/ri-hospitals-emergency-room-waiting-times