Hospitals are a busy place year round, but here in Southwest Florida hospitals can fill up fast during season. “We really find that Gulf Coast Medical Center and Health Park Medical Center really get hit hard,” said Scott Kashman, chief acute care officer of Lee Health. Which is why he believes a new plan will help. When emergency departments start getting busy, health experts will call other Lee Health hospitals for support.
Across all four hospitals, Lee Health has about 1,400 licensed beds. If one hospital starts to fill up, health experts may direct EMS to take patients to another hospital. “One of the things we’re doing that I think will help more than it has in the past is leveraging all of our licensed beds through the Transfer Center,” said Kashman.
The Transfer Center gives a birds-eye view of all four hospitals’ bed capacities. They then communicate directly with EMS and other hospitals to find where beds are available.
“Many times when patients come by ambulance they will need to be admitted, so working in collaboration with our Transfer Center and EMS and our hospitals makes it much easier to say, why don’t you go to this hospital where they will have a bed available,” said Kashman.
Lee Health hospitals are always open, but the Transfer Center can help to guide patients to the best hospital to suit their medical needs.
“Regardless of which hospital you go to patients in our community need to know that they are being taken care of,” said Kashman.
Making sure patients are taken care of before they arrive to the hospital.
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