AVON, Ohio — University Hospitals will be closing multiple emergency departments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
They will be temporarily suspending operations for freestanding emergency departments in Avon, Amherst, Broadview Hts., Kent and Twinsburg, beginning 7 a.m. Sunday. Other UH ambulatory services at these UH health center locations will continue to be open and available to patients.
The suspensions come after an assessment showed that there was a sharp decline in patients visiting these departments - a decline of more than 70% at the freestanding departments. UH said patients are seeking care in different ways, like phone, virtual and urgent care.
UH is partnered with first responders in 182 medical commands across the area to ensure that patients are being transported to locations that provide the right level of care, UH said in a news release. They are also notifying local, regional, state and federal government officials bout these temporary suspensions.
Emergency departments remain open at all UH hospitals.
UH urgent care facilities in Broadview Heights, Kent and Twinsburg will continue to serve health care needs in these communities, and on Monday, April 27, UH will open urgent cares in Amherst and Avon.
Employees at those facilities will have options to move into positions at the new urgent cares and at other locations.
UH recently temporarily closed emergency departments in Andover and North Ridgeville.
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