Hospital Board Eyes Waiting Line Causes
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CMMC Walk-In Clinic TIMES Friday Jan. 17, 1975 Hospital Board Eyes Waiting Line Causes By Elaine King Times Medical Writer Confederate Memorial Medical Center (CMMC) board members last night examined problems causing long waiting periods for many CMMC walk-in clinic patients. Board member Laurence Guidry, in a letter to other board members, cited cases he discovered in visits to the walk-in clinic each day for a week earlier this month. Guidry's letter recounted talking to patients lying on stretchers or sitting in the clinic who told him of waiting for hours, sometimes all day, before seeing a doctor The walk-in clinic is one of the outpatient clinics at CMMC and patients usually do not have appointments. About 4,000 patients were seen at the clinic during December, according to Robert C. Hall, hospital director Dr Ike Muslow, medical d i r e c t o r at CMMC, acknowledged that a problem exists in handling patients that come to the clinic. One of the causes, he told the board, is that the patients all tend to arrive at the same time The long waits to see a doctor are not just a problem at CMMC, he said, but occur in most big city hospitals. He called the clinic one of the most important areas of the hospital, but the hardest to manage. He told Guidry that he would like to send a copy of the letter to all section heads at CMMC. A solution reported by large hospitals with similar problems, Dr. Muslow said, has been to hire fulltime doctors to handle the patients who come in. At the clinic the work is done by physicians on a rotating basis It is difficult, however, Dr Muslow said, to find physicians willing to work in such a situation fulltime and the funds to hire such physicians have not been allocated, although they have been requested. Guidry said he would like a list of all projects requested by CMMC that have not been funded so board members can contact state legislators and officials about providing the money. Dr. Muslow said a study of areas where patient loads originate is under way with the aim of establishing satellite clinics in areas where many patients live. Such a program has not worked well in New Orleans, he pointed out, but should work in Shreveport. New Orleans areas where satellite clinics are needed are in high - crime areas and personnel are reluctant to staff the clinics Here, he feels, there would not be problems of that type. A committee is studying the feasibility of satellite clinics, he said.
|Title||Hospital Board Eyes Waiting Line Causes|
King, Elaine T.
Outpatient Clinic (Confederate Memorial Medical Center, Shreveport, La.)
Confederate Memorial Medical Center (Shreveport, La.)
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (Shreveport, La.)
Confederate Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors (Shreveport, La.)
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