Emergency Room In Inglewood To Close

  1. Emergency Room In Inglewood To Close
    http://www.nbc4.tv/news/9888179/detail.html

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    "They're closing their doors and saying we're not going to see the uninsured," said Lark Galloway-Gilliam, director of the Community Health Council, a health advocacy organization in South Los Angeles.

    Carol Meyer, director of Los Angeles County's Emergency Medical Services Agency, said she is concerned that Centinela's emergency room will be overwhelmed.

    She said that the public has been taught to go to the emergency room if they have a problem, particularly after hours, and retraining them will be a difficult task.

    "We've programmed the public," Meyer said. "We have created our own monster."

    Data submitted by Memorial to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development showed that Memorial treated 16,000 patients last year that it characterized as "severe," representing about 42% of all emergency room patients.

    http://www.latimes.com/features/heal...ealth-medicine
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    At a town hall meeting, Inglewood residents say the facility is needed and fear the hospital is next.
    http://www.latimes.com/features/heal...ealth-medicine
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  3. by   weirdRN
    I think closing the emergency room is the right thing to do if it will help re-program the way that the un and under insured use emergency medical services.
  4. by   HARRN2b
    We may see more of this.
  5. by   weirdRN
    I wouldn't be surprised especially with all of the Illegal uninsured who skip out on the tab completely.
  6. by   pyrolady
    There needs to be more walk in clinics that are open 24 hours a day to relieve the ER departments and free them up for real emergencies.
  7. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from WhimsieRN
    I think closing the emergency room is the right thing to do if it will help re-program the way that the un and under insured use emergency medical services.
    I'm not so sure they will be reprogrammed. The uninsured and underinsured still won't have the money to pay for care. They won't go to the Urgent Care places, they'll just go the 5 miles to the next ER. I'd guess.:uhoh21:

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