Hospital In Chicago Will No Longer Take Patients From Ambulance Services To Save Money
Posted Jan 13 2011 9:45am
By doing do the hospital expects to save $20 to $25 million each year but other hospitals may feel the pinch as the patients will need to go somewhere for help. The hospital will still take walk in ER patients and plans to make room for more outpatient services. BD
The hospital tells CBS 2 that out of the 40,000 emergency room patients, seen yearly, 3,800 are transported by ambulance. By cutting ambulances, the hospital says it can save $20 to $25 million each year and make room for more out-patient care.
University of Chicago Medical Center officials say they expect eight to 10 more ambulances at their hospital as a result and increased wait times for some urgent patients. Some patients may have to be transported all the way to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Streeterville, Stroger Hospital on the West Side, or Christ Hospital in suburban Oak Lawn.
Provident has informed the Illinois Department of Public Health of its intent to drop to the lowest level of emergency services. The Chicago Fire Department also has been informed.