By Gap Ranklin | New News Reporter
Regional Corporate Hospital will close its emergency care unit, effective Jan. 1, 2015, according to an official statement.
Effective on that date, but not before Dec. 31, 2014, almost all traumatic incidents in the Bass Lake area will be deferred to DownState Medical Center, which is a 45-minute trip via ambulance, via road, during good weather. Plans for optional airlift by Bass Lake’s town helicopter are on hold.
The decision is motivated mainly by “efficiency,” said Krem Greebler, CEO and chief executive officer of Regional Corporate Hospital.
“Based on statistics from our analytical wing, the low percentage of the amount of trauma we, as a community, experience, on a statistical basis, by-and-large, concludes that this decision makes prudent, financial sense,” Greebler told someone to type. “This will allow us — your local medical facility — to focus on preventive health measures, such as smoking cessation and quit-smoking initiatives — and let someone else deal with problems that involve large amounts of lost blood or near-death terror.”
Exceptions may apply to the “elsewhere-trauma-care” plan, Greebler admitted during a 45-second phone conversation with the Beacon. One example he cited: Unusual life-threatening conditions involving children under age “6.” No other examples were provided.
Each certified member of the medical personnel group currently “under employ” in the emergency unit is expected to lose his or her job, or be transferred elsewhere, Greebler said. “Mostly, the lose his-or-her job thing,” he said.