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The Olympia Standard #44: The State of Emergency Healthcare

The Olympia Standard

A calm and reasoned discussion about politics in the city of Olympia.

The Olympia Standard #44: The State of Emergency Healthcare

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One of our listeners asked us to cover the state of emergency healthcare in Olympia. We have heard about emergency rooms that are beyond capacity and ambulances being diverted to hospitals in other cities. To learn more about the state of emergency services, we interviewed Michelle James, the chief nursing officer at Providence who also oversees the Community Care Center downtown, and Chris Thomas, the senior manager of communications at Providence. We talked about the landscape of emergency medicine in the area, the challenges we are coming up against, and what is happening (and needs to happen) to address growing needs.