The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has granted OSF HealthCare a waiver, allowing for ambulances to transport Streator-area patients to urgent care. The waiver came with the stipulation that an ambulance be stationed at the urgent care facility.
OSF HealthCare and Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois quickly worked out the details of that requirement, and an ambulance will be stationed on-site beginning at noon on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
“OSF thanks the IDPH for its quick response in granting the waiver. This is another important step in our efforts at meeting the health care needs of the residents of Streator,” says David Gorenz, MD, OSF HealthCare Regional CEO.
While generally not allowed, as ambulances can only go to emergency departments, the IDPH recognized this as a special circumstance leading up to OSF establishing an emergency center at OSF Center for Health - Streator.
OSF HealthCare anticipates receiving approval to operate an emergency center on February 16 at the next meeting of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Following the Board’s vote, the IDPH needs to license the facility, which OSF anticipates will occur as soon as an inspection is completed.
Until the emergency center is approved and the IDPH issues a license, only ambulance patients requiring basic life support (BLS) will be accepted for treatment at urgent care, staffed 24/7 by board-certified emergency medicine physicians. Advanced Life Support (ALS) patients will need to be transported to an area emergency center.
Establishment of an emergency center will add to the array of patient services offered by OSF Center for Health – Streator. Those include laboratory, diagnostic imaging, outpatient procedures and rehabilitation services. Additionally, physician clinics, offering family and internal medicine providers, as well as a cardiologist, are at the center.
For more information, visit www.osfhealthcare.org/streator.