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Published on May 14, 2020

MEDIA | KIRO-TV: Washington hospitals urge people not to delay care because of COVID-19 concerns

Leaders of Washington hospitals say visits to clinics and emergency rooms are way down because people are either afraid they’ll catch COVID-19 or because patients think the system is overrun.

EvergreenHealth, the nation’s first hospital to identify a COVID-19 outbreak, screens people at entrances, requires masks, and works to separate patients. “We have put into place a number of tools and instruments to try and make this a much safer place,” said Dr. Francis Riedo, an epidemiologist at EvergreenHealth.

Watch the KIRO-TV report

About EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 12 primary care practices, six urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, extensive home care and hospice services, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.

EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

The health system is consistently named as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 407 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS).

Learn more at www.evergreenhealth.com.


MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kayse Dahl
EvergreenHealth
425.899.1855
KLDahl@evergreenhealthcare.org

Kristi Herriott
Firmani + Associates Inc.
206.466.2702
kristi@firmani.com

Media Contact

Kayse Dahl
EvergreenHealth
(425) 899-1855
KLDahl@evergreenhealthcare.org