Down in Orange County here, I am starting to see some of the same or similar with hospitals, the signs out front are changing. I recently drove by a hospital owned by Prime Health Care and the sign out front listed the hospital name and underneath, it stated “limited emergency care”. Prime Healthcare owns a number of hospitals. Most of the hospitals would no longer be in business if not for the purchase, and on the other hand, Prime does not sign contracts with insurance companies, they just bill them. The downside to this of course is the balance billing situation we have here in California. If you want to see where they are in California, use the link below to find out. BD
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane will stop serving as a major trauma hospital this year but keep its emergency room open for less serious injuries.
The change will leave Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center as the only center in Spokane for people critically wounded in violent crashes, accidents and crimes. The Spokesman-Review reports both hospital currently share the Level II trauma center designation under a 14-year joint operating agreement.