REDLANDS, CA—When you call for an emergency room procedure, the hospital may have a different fee for each procedure than the other hospitals, according to data collected by the Redlands Community Hospital.
“When you get the call for a procedure, you have to pay the charge,” said Dr. Robert H. DeMarco, chief of internal medicine at the hospital.
“You don’t get to negotiate the fee.
It’s the same fee for all of the procedures.
If you get a procedure that you think is going to be very expensive, you’ll have to negotiate with the other hospital and pay a little more.
And that’s what happened with our ER, with our hospital ER.”
The Redlands ER has three emergency rooms, two for surgical procedures and one for elective procedures.
The hospital’s ER costs the hospital about $3,500 per year to operate, but that includes the fee for its two emergency rooms.
“That’s not a significant difference,” DeMarco said.
“In fact, that’s not even close to a difference.
There are some hospitals that have a difference between a $100,000 ER and a $1,000-per-year ER.
But we do what we can with what we have.”
Hiring and training The Redland Community Hospital has hired an experienced emergency physician and trained its nurses to perform surgical procedures.
But it hasn’t been able to keep up with the demand for emergency care.
In 2015, the Redland ER had more than 1,600 calls for emergency services, according a Redlands News article.
By March of this year, the ER was reporting 1,096 emergency calls, a 30 percent increase from the previous month.
“We were having to hire and train a lot of our doctors, a lot more,” De Marco said.
De Marco also said that he believes that the Redwood City ER has a higher number of patients than the rest of the hospitals.
But that isn’t necessarily the case.
De Cruz said the hospital has had some success hiring new doctors.
“It’s good to see that we are recruiting enough doctors to do our surgery,” he said.
In 2016, the local hospital also received $9.5 million from the federal government to purchase more than 10 new ER beds.
The ER has been working on a new emergency room that will be able to handle more patients, and that project will cost $6.5 billion.
The Redwoods ER also is working on two more ERs that will provide care to those who need it the most, but they are currently under construction.
“Right now, we have one ER that’s only 10 beds, and another ER that is 15 beds,” De Cruz told Business Insider.
“The new ER will have four beds, the new ER is going in the next few months, and it’s going to have another one that’s going in in 2019.”
A third new ER in Redlands is slated to open in 2019, and the Redwoods community hospital will also be adding more emergency rooms in the future.
But the Redmond community hospital, like most of the other emergency care facilities in California, is still paying the same rate as its neighboring hospitals for emergency surgeries, DeMarco added.
The community hospital has already spent $10 million on equipment for its ERs and has been building a new hospital in nearby Redwood Springs.
De Rubio said that although they may have to spend more money in the coming years, he thinks the Redbrook ER is a good place to start for those who want to get more than one surgery.
“If you want to do one surgery in the ER, I’d recommend you do it in the Redridge ER,” he told Business Ink.