blurred image of hospital waiting roomEmergency rooms are busy places. The average amount of time before someone is discharged to their home or admitted to the hospital is measured in hours rather than minutes. A long wait does not necessarily mean that you have suffered a delay in medical care. However, it is useful information for people who need emergency room care.

Average Wait Times in Kentucky ERs

As of September 2019, ProPublica reports the following statistics for some Kentucky hospitals:

Hospital Name

 

 

Percentage of People Who Leave ER Without Medical Attention

(National average: 2 %

Kentucky average: 2%)

Average Time Between ER Arrival and Being Sent Home

(National average: 2 hours, 42 minutes

Kentucky average: 2 hours, 56 minutes)

Average Time Between ER Arrival and Hospital Admission

(National average: 5 hours,  4 minutes

Kentucky average: 4 hours, 45 minutes)

Percentage of People Who Go to ER With Stroke Symptoms and Do Not Have Brain Scan Results Within 45 Minutes

(National average: 27%

Kentucky average: 29%)

Baptist Health La Grange

2%

2 hours 26 minutes

3 hours 50 minutes

67%

Baptist Health Louisville

3%

3 hours 30 minutes

4 hours 44 minutes

64%

Breckinridge Memorial Hospital

Not reported

2 hours 25 minutes

3 hours 44 minutes

83%

Flaget Memorial Hospital

2%

2 hours 44 minutes

5 hours 6 minutes

42%

Frankfort Regional Medical Center

0%

2 hours 22 minutes

4 hours 2 minutes

0%

Hardin Memorial Hospital

4%

3 hours 12 minutes

5 hours 45 minutes

40%

Jewish Hospital Shelbyville

1%

2 hours 20 minutes

4 hours 10 minute

No data available

Jewish Hospital & St Mary’s Healthcare

3%

2 hours 29 minutes

5 hours 42 minutes

43%

Norton Hospital/Norton Healthcare

4%

2 hours 57 minutes

5 hours 35 minutes

59%

St. Joseph East

3%

2 hours 48 minutes

5 hours 46 minutes

12%

St Joseph Hospital

4%

2 hours

5 hours 46 minutes

No data available

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center

2%

1 hour 50 minutes

3 hours 17 minutes

No data available

University of Kentucky Hospital

1%

2 hours 17 minutes

9 hours 37 minutes

No data available

University of Louisville Hospital

1%

4 hours 2 minutes

6 hours 50 minutes

50%

The complete ProPublica list of Kentucky Emergency Room waits can be found here.

Emergency room waits are often frustrating, but they are not always considered to be medical malpractice. If, however, your medical condition worsened because medical negligence caused a delay in your care, we encourage you to contact our Kentucky delay in care medical malpractice lawyers for a free consultation.

Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law
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