• Texas hospitals face power outages amid ice storm

    At least three Austin, Texas-area hospitals are working through power outages as the region continues to be hit by a severe ice storm.
  • Series of ambulance thefts prompts Arizona fire district to adjust policy

    An Arizona fire district is creating an ambulance policy after one of its vehicles was stolen by a patient for the third time, news stations KTVK and KTVK and KPHO, a CBS affiliate, reported Jan. 30.
  • Hospitals prepare for the next virus surge: 5 leaders weigh in

    While the most recent intense respiratory virus season may have peaked and experts predict future seasons will model pre-pandemic patterns, capacity and staffing challenges will likely persist in future seasons.  
  • Illinois hospital seeks approval to cut certain inpatient services

    HSHS St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur, Ill., is seeking state approval to discontinue the service lines of advanced inpatient rehabilitation, obstetrics and newborn nursery, pediatrics and inpatient behavioral health services, according to a Jan. 23 news release shared with Becker's.
  • 312-bed hospital closure in Florida leaves community strained

    Competition closing would in other circumstances perhaps be positive, but an unexpected closure of ShorePoint Venice Hospital in North Venice, Fla., will now leave the community with 312 fewer hospital beds for patients. As a result, the remaining hospital in the region, Sarasota Memorial Hospital Venice, now may face capacity strains, according to the Herald-Tribune.
  • Ascension Florida hospital to close maternity unit, lay off 68

    Ascension St. Vincent's Riverside in Jacksonville, Fla., will be ending maternity care at the hospital later this year, affecting 68 jobs, according to a Workforce Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the state Jan. 17.  
  • 'Patients are going to die': Hospital access meltdown in Central California leaves officials in search of solutions

    It has been nearly three weeks since Madera (Calif.) Community Hospital began to shut down services, and residents and nearby hospitals are feeling the effects. Local, state and federal officials have proposed a number of potential moves to keep the city's only hospital in operation, but a concrete solution has yet to emerge.
  • Deadline extended for Hospital Incident Command System survey submission

    Hospitals that use the Hospital Incident Command System survey to improve emergency management planning now have until Feb. 28 to submit the survey. 
  • Ascension postpones some elective surgeries at Milwaukee hospital

    Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee is postponing some nonurgent surgeries for 30 days, according to a staff memo obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
  • Virus season may strain capacity for years, Dr. Ashish Jha warns

    Hospitals may face severe and prolonged winter virus seasons in the coming years that strain resources and hinder the capacity to care for other patients, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha, MD, told The Washington Post.
  • Hospital capacity concerns intensify as XBB.1.5 spreads

    Hospitals nationwide are facing capacity issues amid ongoing staffing shortages and an early and severe start to the respiratory virus season. Now, the rapid spread of XBB.1.5 — a highly transmissible omicron subvariant with a high capacity for immune escape — threatens to further magnify these challenges.
  • 2 injured after car crashes into Georgia ER

    The emergency department at Lithonia, Ga.-based Emory Hillandale Hospital remained open Jan. 10 after a car crashed into the waiting room earlier this week, injuring two people, the hospital confirmed in a statement shared with Becker's. 
  • Federal surge team leaves New Mexico children's hospital

    A federal medical team helping the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital respond to a surge in patients with respiratory illnesses left the Albuquerque-based hospital Jan. 9, according to CBS affiliate KRQE News 13.
  • Staffing shortages spur Massachusetts hospital to divert ambulances

    Framingham, Mass.-based MetroWest Medical Center diverted local ambulances from its hospital the past three weekends, citing staffing issues, the Framingham Source reported Jan. 4.
  • Ascension Wisconsin consolidates labor and delivery services in Milwaukee

    Ascension St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee, part of Ascension Wisconsin, has ended labor and delivery services and transitioned them to other Milwaukee locations. 
  • In a matter of days, healthcare access deteriorates in Central California

    Hospital overcrowding and healthcare access challenges have prompted two counties in Central California to issue emergency declarations in less than a week. Meanwhile, the largest health system in the region has gone out of network with several commercial insurance plans.
  • HHS sends disaster response team to New Mexico children's hospital

    HHS deployed a 14-person medical team to the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital Dec. 30 to support staff treating an influx of patients with respiratory illnesses. 
  • Indiana hospital ER shutters after appeals court ruling

    Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Health said it has closed the emergency room in Hammond, Ind., as of Dec. 31, 2022. 
  • WellSpan's 'nerve center' seeks to disperse overcrowding, relieve staff

    York, Pa.-based WellSpan Health has developed a "nerve center" to help manage high patient volumes in its emergency rooms, Patriot-News reported Dec. 30. 
  • Idaho system opens RSV 'suction clinics' to reduce ER visits, admissions

    Boise, Idaho-based St. Luke's Health System opened clinics to suction debris out of children's noses to help relieve their breathing and the region's limited network, which has two hospitals that admit respiratory syncytial virus patients, the Idaho Statesman reported Dec. 29. 

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