HMH urges use of urgent care centers

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Hospital flooded with non-emergencies last week

By Bob White

By BOB WHITE bwhite@thenewsenterprise.com

ELIZABETHTOWN – Increased admissions for storm-related injuries and illnesses kept Hardin Memorial Hospital staff busy in the last week with visitors in search of non-emergency treatment.

Others were there for warmth and shelter.

As hospital staff worked to address a rise in true emergencies such as chainsaw wounds, carbon monoxide poisoning and severe fractures, HMH spokeswoman Michelle Murphy said other visitors wanted attention for non-emergency needs.

Patients also poured into HMH for hemodialysis after the winter storm knocked electricity out to an Elizabethtown dialysis center.

Murphy said the busy situation was compounded when visitors to HMH came simply in search of shelter from the storm and power outages.

With a true emergency workload on the rise, HMH staff chose to take steps to halt the influx of uninjured masses.

“As a response… we limited access to the hospital to only those people seeking emergency care and visitors,” Murphy said. “We … also tried to stress to the community the importance of utilizing the ER appropriately.”

HMH urges that patients suffering non-life threatening injuries and illness use Hardin County’s two CareFirst Urgent Care Centers – one of which is located at 1360 Rogersville Road in Radcliff and the other at the Ring Road Medical Plaza at 1111 Ring Road, in Elizabethtown. Both centers are open today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.