Moving the ER 10 Miles Away HELPS Flow?


    The Cincinnati Post – St. E's plan for ER is unique

    Thanks to blog reader Karthik for sending this my way. I've read the article three times looking for something positive to say and am still struggling.

    The headline says the plan is “unique.” If you're the only one doing something, it might mean you're brilliant… or you might just be the only one doing something.

    St. Elizabeth Medical Center's plan to move the emergency department from its North unit in Covington to a standalone, ambulatory care center about a mile away is apparently a first in Kentucky.

    An ER expert (I'm certainly not one) says:

    “That's weird,” Dr. Michael Bishop said. “They'd better have a monorail that runs from the ER to the hospital.”

    The Bloomington, Ind., doctor has managed emergency departments for 35 years. The American College of Emergency Physicians considers him an expert on emergency rooms.

    He said he had never heard of a hospital that closed its emergency department and moved it off-campus.

    “Even within a hospital, it creates problems if the surgery is too far from the emergency department, or if radiology is not right next door,” he said.

    “I'm sure it will be a good emergency department, but after that first hour, they've got to go somewhere else.”

    Seems crazy, eh?

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