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Pyles Comments on UPMC EMS Diversion

September 17th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

For a few hours Wednesday night, UPMC Western Maryland operated under temporary EMS diversion. This did not close the emergency department but attempted to limit those coming with lower severity of illness. When operating under diversion, all UPMC hospitals continue to accept any ambulance arriving on site, including those with heart attack, stroke, major trauma and severe symptoms, and we always accept walk-in patients. Allegany County Emergency Services Director Jim  Pyles commended UPMC for their handling of the situation…