Opinion: ER alternative won’t improve care for community that needs it

From Crain’s:

A freestanding emergency center at the former site of Sacred Heart Hospital on the West Side wouldn’t improve access to care or reduce cost, as Elyse Forkosh Cutler says in a recent opinion piece. On the contrary, it would have a significant adverse effect on the quality and safety of health care for this community. Such a for-profit business would not be owned or operated by an existing hospital.

Ms. Cutler does not address the inability of a stand-alone FEC to provide the comprehensive health services required to appropriately care for patients in an emergency department setting. Hospital EDs integrate vital patient care services that would be unavailable under the proposed model, including cardiac catheterization, stroke, obstetrics and other specialty care services for which time is of the essence.

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