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Hot Springs hospitals say alternative care areas needed

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Hot Springs' two major hospitals are reporting higher patient populations and are having to divert patients to alternative sites for health care.

The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1OAEQOu ) that CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Hospital says it is full, and the National Park Medical Center has a higher population than normal.

CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs President Tony Houston said the higher population is not atypical. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Douglas Ross says that, at times, patients are diverted away from the emergency room.

Patsy Crumpton, the chief nursing officer at National Park Medical Center, said the hospital's two general nursing floors are full, but that no patients are being sent away.

Information from: The Sentinel-Record, http://www.hotsr.com

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