Hospital officials stressed that patient care is never compromised during the times when patients are consolidated into other units of the hospital.
In fact, Nancy Pitcock, chief nursing officer for St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, said medical management staff members meet three times a day to assess patient needs and admissions demands in order to implement the cost-saving strategies.
“This is a very fluid process that can change hour by hour, depending on the needs of our patients,” VanOsdol said.
Brandy Hill, a spokeswoman for Community Hospital Anderson, said they also adjust staffing levels based on demands.
“We do flex the staffing based on our census, but have not run into a situation where it has been necessary to close an entire unit,” she said.
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