The work week is ending on a busy note for the Ohio Valley Medical Center.
OVMC representatives said that the hospital’s census numbers recently peaked, resulting in a temporary diversion of the OVMC’s Intensive Care Unit.
According to OVMC C.E.O. Dan Dunmyer, there are a couple reasons at play for why the hospital has issued the temporary diversion.
Firstly, two weeks ago there was a pipe burst that caused the hospital to relocate the ICU to the third floor, consequently decreasing their bed capacity from around 17 to 11 according to Dunmyer.
Second, the OVMC is seeing an influx of patients and don’t have the proper staff to offer the integrity of medical treatment they believe their patients deserve.
“The diversion is because of high utilization right now and we want to put the safety of our community and our patients first and our staff. We don’t want our staff taking care of more patients than they should individually so it’s a balance,” Dunmyer said.
Dunmyer did confirm that the Ohio Valley Medical Center is currently seeing some financial struggles but said these challenges are very common within the medical industry and refuted that the hospital’s financial state has anything to do with the diversion.
According to Dunmyer, the diversion is solely based on the factor of low employment at the OVMC and said the hospital can’t hire more staff until the hospital sees a consistent increase in patient volume.
Local first responders were notified Friday morning about the diversion, which Dunmyer expects to be over within the matter of one or two days.