University Medical Center Full to Capacity - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/26/08

University Medical Center Full to Capacity

Tuesday afternoon, University Medical Center reached capacity. Numerous patients waiting on in-patient beds are being temporarily housed in the UMC Emergency Center.

The reason for the influx in patients is a very active flu season, as well as other illnesses.

"Like many hospitals throughout the country, UMC is dealing with significant volume. The safety of our patients is a top priority and we are currently reallocating our staffing resources to assist with this situation," said Greg Bruce, Vice President for UMC Health System.

UMC is on diversion for adult regional transfers (patients being transferred from other regional hospitals). Additionally, direct admits (patients being directly admitted from a physician) are being temporarily stopped.

If the patient is unstable, they should be directed to the Emergency Center.

NewsChannel 11 also talked with Gwen Stafford, Vice President of Covenant Health System. She says Covenant is also full to capacity, however they are not diverting patients at this time.

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