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ER Wait Times At Your Fingertips

April 01, 2009

Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point now posts hospital emergency room (ER) wait times to see a physician on their websites and via text messaging, according to Steve Rector, CEO at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Times are available around the clock at www.RMChealth.com or text ER to 23000. Message and data rates may apply. For more info visit texterhelp.com.The ED wait time for the hospital is updated approximately every 30 minutes, using an average from the previous four hours. In most cases, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, like other area HCA hospitals, consistently ranks 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 in the text message.

Hospitals participating in the project include: Blake Medical Center, Brandon Regional Hospital, Central Florida Regional Hospital, Community Hospital (New Port Richey), Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Edward White Hospital, Englewood Community Hospital, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Largo Medical Center and its Sun Coast Hospital campus, Northside Hospital, Oak Hill Hospital, Osceola Regional Medical Center, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, St. Petersburg General Hospital and South Bay Hospital.

“Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has focused intently on improving the ER process for our patients and our community,” said Steve Rector, Chief Executive Officer. “We have significantly reduced the time patients spend waiting to see an qualified medical practitioner. Additionally, our quality focus has earned us Joint Commission certification as a Primary Stroke Center and we are the first hospital in Pasco/Hernando County to earn Chest Pain Accreditation, with PCI, by the Society of Chest Pain Centers,” explained Rector.

ER wait time web postings grew out of efforts to communicate internally on wait time status and best practices.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a 290-bed acute care facility located in Hudson, FL. Home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, over 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers comprise their integrated healthcare delivery team. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has an Accredited Chest Pain Center, JCAHO Accredited Stroke Center and Approved Cancer Program.

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