Elkins Park ER’s closure has caused a 15% increase in visits at nearby Jeanes campus

The Philadelphia Business Journal reported that since the emergency department at Jefferson’s Einstein Medical Center in Elkins Park was shut down at the end of June, Temple University Hospital’s nearby Jeanes campus has experienced a 15% increase in emergency room visits.

Jeanes is less than a mile from Elkins Park Hospital, and executive director Matt Shelak says they prepared for the influx by opening a second triage room.

“That can be a choke point [for patient flow],” Shelak said. “Before we only had one triage room running, now we have two. We also opened an internal waiting room where we can start some procedures. Since doing all of this we have seen a decrease in our door-to-doc time and an increase in our turnaround time for lab results and for radiology results — which improves our throughput.”

From the article:

Einstein previously moved the bulk of MossRehab’s services from the Einstein Philadelphia campus to Elkins Park after Einstein bought the Elkins Park hospital from Tenet Healthcare in 2003. For the past two decades, up until this summer, MossRehab has shared space in the hospital building with the community hospital Einstein operated as Einstein Elkins Park.

Jefferson Abington Hospital has added 23 general medical beds on its campus to help “decompress” its emergency department.

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