Emergency Ambulance Traffic to Doctors Medical Center Ends Today – Patients to be Re-Routed to Other East Bay Hospitals

August 7, 2014 8:00 am · 9 comments

With Doctors Medical Center in West Contra Costa County continuing to lose staff in the wake of an unsuccessful tax measure to keep the facility open, hospital and county health officials have agreed to stop emergency ambulance traffic to DMC and re-route emergency ambulance traffic to other East Bay ER’s starting today.

DMC and county health officials had originally planned to begin re-rerouting emergency ambulances to other hospitals on Aug. 12, but decided to move up the date because staffing the emergency room had become increasingly difficult.

“Our shared first priority throughout the fiscal crisis that has been confronting DMC has been maintaining continuity of care, and in the judgment of the county and this hospital, it is time to take this step,” said Dawn Gideon, DMC’s acting chief executive officer.

Patricia Frost, director of Contra Costa Emergency Medical Services, said the county agency is prepared to adapt to the impending service changes in West County. Contra Costa EMS has been working with area hospitals, ambulance providers, and EMS systems in Marin, Solano and Alameda counties to ensure patients re-routed from DMC receive adequate and timely medical care.

“We have been working for months to ensure we will be able to meet the 911 transport needs of West County residents,” Frost said.

Although DMC will no longer accommodate emergency ambulance traffic, its emergency department will remain open for walk-ins and continue to receive transported nursing home patients.

Established 60 years ago as Brookside Hospital, DMC has provided roughly 80 percent of inpatient hospital capacity and nearly 60 percent of emergency-room care within its West Contra Costa service area of 250,000 residents.

The hospital, community owned by the West Contra Costa Healthcare District, has been working with county health officials and neighboring hospitals on strategies for closing an $18 million a year operating deficit at DMC while maintaining emergency, acute and other medical and health care services for West County residents.

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anon August 7, 2014 at 8:09 AM

“With Doctors Medical Center in West Contra Costa County continuing to lose staff in the wake of an unsuccessful tax measure to keep the facility open, ”

*****************The west county people just don’t get it–maybe less money spent on drugs & booze

“for closing an $18 million a year operating deficit at DMC”

Someone is getting paid too much.. or no one has insurance – glad I do not live there

MamaP August 7, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Worked there…CONTRACTORS galore making megabucks!!! VERY FEW “real” staff members or someone with a dog in the fight. Sad

Patty August 7, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I am curious as to how many ambulances were brought to that hospital on a daily basis with patients that actually needed “emergency” care, as opposed to “urgent” care. Way too many people (especially in West County) use this emergency room instead of more appropriately going to an urgent care facility. I suspect the same is true with the ambulances. The County has urgent care facilities near this hospital. The public just needs to start using it more appropriately, and if the County has to increase the coverage there, then so be it.

Marianne August 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

This hospital has served the community for many years. It’s really sad to hear this news.

Anon August 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

We had one supervisor doing her job who voted against continued funding of this hospital. Thank you for trying Mary you were spot on.

Thanks Obama August 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

We warned you idiots not to vote for the Kenyan socialist… how many people are going to die because the lefties thought everyone should get free handouts?

Noj August 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

What “Thanks Obama” said… you idiots getting it yet?

Noj August 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Such as:
ObamaCare is Death Knell for U.S. Hospitals
April 1, 2014 • 11:08AM

Dismemberment of the U.S. hospital system is on course as Obamacare and its prime author, Dr. “EZ Kill” Ezekiel Emanuel, prescribe. Already, in 2013 nearly 60,000 hospital workers were laid off, and now in just the first three months of 2014 another 7,500 hospital jobs have been slashed across the country, while 4,000 hospital workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee have a freeze on sick leave and time off pay. In each instance the cut in reimbursements to hospitals under Obamacare was cited as a core cause for the layoffs.

Hospital closures are also hitting, especially in rural areas. Just as Obama’s hatchet man Dr. “EZ Kill” declaimed on Feb. 24, “We don’t need 5,000 hospitals,” hospitals and/or their units, such as trauma centers, emergency rooms, and labor & delivery rooms, are being shuttered.

To end Obama’s deadly rationing of healthcare resources as seen below, it is time to impeach Obama before he kills you.

CALIFORNIA: A $16 million-plus deficit at Doctors Medical Center San Pablo announced plans to close. It has one of the largest emergency rooms in West Contra Costa County. Eighty percent of its patients are Medicare and Medi-Cal patients. County Supervisor John Gioia said closure will “have a tremendous negative impact” on the county’s emergency system.

My mom voted for Obama twice. Can’t count the number of times she’s apologized for it.

Russ August 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Kaiser Richmond ER will likely close its doors in response to this. The dominos are falling, and thats nota good thing.

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