Providence St. Mary Medical Center expects up to 40% increase in ED visits following Adventist hospital closure

Walla Walla, Wash.-based Providence St. Mary Medical Center predicts a 30 percent to 40 percent increase in its daily emergency department patients after Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health closed Walla Walla (Wash.) General Hospital Monday, reports.

Providence St. Mary sees an average of 70 ED patients per day, Alysa Kyle, director of emergency services at the hospital, said. Walla Wall General treated between 30 and 40 ED patients daily, on average.

In anticipation for the change, Providence St. Mary remodeled parts of its space and brought on new hires, the report states. While all of Walla Walla General's ED patients may not use Providence St. Mary's ED, the hospital is preparing to accommodate any Walla Walla General ED patients. 

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