Provident Scaling Back Ambulance Runs

Cost-cutting measure could burden nearby hospitals

Thursday, Jan 13, 2011  |  Updated 11:47 PM CDT
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Provident Scaling Back Ambulance Runs

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An ambulance waits at the scene of a fire at a one story building where fire officials say a wall collapsed killing two men and injuring more than a dozen firefighters.

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Provident Hospital will stop accepting ambulance runs to its emergency room starting Saturday as a cost-cutting measure to save money.

Patients will now be diverted to six nearby hospitals, including The University of Chicago Medical Center. U. of C. officials say the changes at Provident could bring up to 10 more ambulances a day, which means increased wait times for some urgent patients.

Cook County Health and Hospitals System spokesman Lucio Guerrero says the change is part of a strategic plan to provide more outpatient services at Provident.

Provident has informed the Illinois Department of Public Health of its intent to drop to the lowest level of emergency services. The Chicago Fire Department also has been informed.

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