At capacity hospitals in Cincinnati request EMS diversions

At least three hospitals in the Cincinnati region have requested emergency medical services divert patients elsewhere over the past 24 hours as a sharp increase in flu hospitalizations has stressed the system.

Bon Secours Mercy Health’s Jewish Hospital and UC Health’s University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital have informed EMS they are “at capacity” as a courtesy to technicians, who can then reroute patients to the next closest hospital if possible, The Enquirer confirmed.

The hospitals are not turning down patients, however, and if a patient specifically requests to go to any of the hospitals deemed at capacity, that wish will be granted. The medical center in Corryville, the region’s only adult Level 1 trauma center, will also continue to take trauma, burn, and stroke patients, UC Health spokeswoman Amanda Nageleisen confirmed.

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