…Out here Phoenix way, Gilbert Hospital is opening a huge ED with a few overnight beds attached.
…This is the opposite of most hospitals, which are boxes of acute care beds with an Emergency Department screening and treatment area. If the patient can go home after treatment, great, if not, the grim bed wait or a transfer to another hospital begins.
…Importantly to the powers that be, they think they can make money on ED care, without acute care.
…One goal is to cut Phoenix’s 12-hour wait times in the ED. HA could fill all her bandwidth with sob stories about her excruciating waits for beds and treatment.
…What will happen when the miserable masses at the other EDs get the word about Gilbert Hospital and stream over? Will their promised 30-minute maximum wait hold up?
…HA wishes some of these hospitals would bring in the military to advise them. I bet wounded soldiers don’t wait 12 hours to get anyone to pay attention to them.
…There also could be way less aimless wandering by personnel—they drift back and forth like fish in an aquarium. You think it’s like “ER” back there with crash carts and George Clooney racing to your side? You wish.