Sacred Heart Medical Center patient counts drop

Sacred Heart lays off 33 – Spokesman.com – Sept. 25, 2010.

One year ago, the story says the hospital averaged 625 patients per day – this has now dropped to 518.

The loss of patients is blamed on

  • the merger of Rockwood Clinic with competing Deaconess Hospital, which resulted in a diversion of patients away from SHMC
  • the economy, causing changes in insurance coverage and spending on health care

In June of 2009, the hospital was then planning to add 152 new patient beds.

Update: The news story only mentions the patient count at SHMC. I wonder what has happened at their sister hospital, Holy Family?

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