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From Times and Record News—
WICHITA FALLS—United Regional Health Care System released a statement Friday stating that it will not be able to accept critical care patients from rural hospitals at this time.
Like most larger hospitals in the north and west Texas areas, URHCS has been operating at full or near full capacity in critical care for the past month. The hospital has expanded resources and created additional critical care areas, but it is still not enough.
“We have reached a point where we’ve had to decline critical care patients from rural hospitals simply due to the lack of available staff,” the hospital said. “When that happens, we do our best to assist those facilities in finding the nearest hospital with the necessary capacity to treat the patient, but such transfers are becoming increasingly difficult.”
Critical care units are full or nearly full in many hospitals across Texas and adjacent states.
“We are on the cusp of a community and regional crisis,” said Phyllis Cowling, President and CEO of United Regional. “We continue to ask the public to help us by being vigilant with safety practices.”