Busy ER for Kaweah Delta forces maximization of space
visalia – Determining when a medical situation is an emergency or just a trip to the doctor is difficult. But lately few have had trouble making that call as the last few months Kaweah Delta Medical Center and its emergency department (ED) have been operating at full capacity, and then some
To help treat patients more quickly, a temporary reception tent has been put up outside of the hospital to receive, evaluate, and register ED patients during periods of peak demand.
The tent is a fully operable “room” which includes electricity, HVAC, and various supplies. Patients inside the tent are monitored by staff. .
“Our ED is one of the busiest in the state seeing 90,000 patients each year, but the demand for our medical services has increased to the point that we are taking further steps to best care for each person seeking medical care,” said Lindsay Mann, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta Health Care District. “We have set up a temporary reception tent immediately adjacent to the ED to receive, evaluate, and register patients in that setting during periods of peak demand. This will allow us to utilize, if necessary, part of the current ED waiting area for the treatment of patients with minor conditions. These efforts are designed to help us see patients more quickly.”
Mann also stated that in addition to the ED operating at full capacity, the medical center is operating at the limits of its bed capacity. The staff monitors and manages the bed capacity on an hour-by-hour basis.
During this time, Kaweah Delta is also urging the public to seek care from personal physicians for conditions that are not life-threatening or will not require hospitalization. When that is not possible or the condition is urgent, but not life-threatening, people are urged to visit an urgent care facility instead of the ED. The following locations are available:
Kaweah Delta Urgent Care: 1633 S. Court St., Visalia, 624-6090; Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Sequoia Prompt Care: 1110 S. Ben Maddox Way, Visalia, 624-5800; Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends
Sequoia Prompt Care: 820 S. Akers St. #100, Visalia, 559-624-5800; Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays;
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends
Visalia Medical Clinic’s Quickcare: 5400 W. Hillsdale Ave., Visalia, 738-7555; Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekdays; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays
If patients do not have a physician and need one, a same-day appointment may be available by calling one of the following Kaweah Delta clinics:
Visalia Family Medicine Center: 202 W. Willow Ave. (5th floor), Visalia, 624-4820
Dinuba Health Clinic: 355 Monte Vista Drive, Dinuba, 595-7650
Exeter Health Clinic: 1014 San Juan Ave., Exeter, 592-7300
Lindsay Health Clinic: 839 N. Sequoia Ave., Lindsay, 562-1546
Woodlake Health Clinic: 180 E. Antelope Ave., Woodlake, 564-1800
Additionally during this time period, Kaweah Delta is urging patients for their protection and for the protection of others coming to the ED, to bring just one guest.