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ER visits up at most local hospitals

By - Last modified: April 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

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Emergency department visits increased at all but two local hospitals from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012, according to a newly released report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

The report showed that only Carlisle Regional Medical Center and Lancaster Regional Medical Center had decreases in ER visits from the previous year's numbers. The area hospitals with the largest and smallest numbers of ER visits were both in Lancaster County; Lancaster General Hospital, with 108,086, and Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, with 13,981.

Four hospitals had more ER visits in this report but fewer inpatient admissions from them: Ephrata Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Hanover Hospital and Memorial Hospital.

Results were more mixed on hospital occupancy rates, with seven posting decreases and five posting increases. Hershey Medical Center dropped from 82 on the previous report to 80.6 but still had the highest rate; Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center's rate increased from 20.3 to 23.1 but was still the lowest in the area.

Editor's note: This item was modified from its earlier version to add rows of previously omitted chart information.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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