Seattle hospital to divert some patients due to capacity

SEATTLE (AP) — The CEO of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle says the hospital will temporarily stop accepting less acute patients and will divert them to other health care systems as capacity challenges worsen. The Seattle Times reports Harborview CEO Sommer Kleweno Walley said Thursday that hospital systems are over capacity particularly because of an inability to discharge patients into post-acute care settings. Harborview is caring for some 560 inpatients, more than 130% of its licensed capacity of 413 patients. Kleweno Walley says about 100 are patients are waiting to be discharged to a post-acute care facility. She says the hospital is limiting intake to preserve their ability to be the regional Level I trauma center.