Chicago hospital delays halt on ambulance runs

Officials of Chicago’s Provident Hospital of Cook County have decided to delay plans to drastically reduce its emergency services and no longer accept ambulance runs.

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials of Chicago’s Provident Hospital of Cook County have decided to delay plans to drastically reduce its emergency services and no longer accept ambulance runs. Cook County Health and Hospitals System officials say the move is part of a plan to reduce inpatient services at Provident and increase outpatient care. The plan was to take effect on Saturday. However, in a statement released Friday, officials said they will delay implementation of the plan for a month. Cook County officials say they will meet with executives of other South Side hospitals to explain the changes in services at Provident. Hospitals system spokesman Lucio Guerrero says only a low number of patients — about 3,800 of Provident’s 40,000 annual ER patients — arrive at the hospital by ambulance. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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