One of the many statistic comparisons users can make at CIDI’s new “Your Health System website

Campbell River hospital well above average based on performance statistics

New web tool allows users to compare healthcare facilities' statistics and outcomes

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Campbell River and District General Hospital (CRDGH) is well above average in almost everything it does – and below average in everything that it would be better to be low on, such as wait times.

On Sept. 18, CIHI unveiled a new web tool that will change the way the public sees its healthcare system.

CIHI’s “Your Health System” website provides comparable and interactive medical facility data to anyone looking for it, and allows the user to compare it to different groups of the their choice.

One could compare their local hospital to specific others, regional, provincial or national averages, or any combination of those.

For example, you can now find out that average wait time at the CRDGH Emergency Department to get a physician assessment is 1.7 hours. That might sound like a long time, but when you compare it to the 3.1 hours at hospitals in the “Community–Medium” category nation-wide, or even the 2.2-hour average within the Vancouver Island Health Authority (now known as Island Health), it could be seen as exceptional.

CRDGH also has a lower percentage of patients readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge than the Island-wide average, at 8.4 per cent, with only Saanich Peninsula Hospital (7.3 per cent), West Coast General Hospital (7.7 per cent) and Lady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital (7.8 per cent) being better in this category. The provincial average is 9.4 per cent.

Only 4.6 per cent of patients under the age of 19 are readmitted to CRDGH within 30 days of discharge, almost two full percentage points better than the Canadian Average.

CRDGH also has the fewest deaths following major surgery of all Island hospitals, at a mere one per cent, almost half as many as the national average (1.8 per cent).

This is a remarkable improvement from 2010-2011, when the hospital was up over three per cent in this category.

Check out more statistics at yourhealthsystem.cihi.ca for more if you’re interested in other facilities’ healthcare data or other comparisons.

And here’s a link to CRDGH’s general page.