Doctor's Regional Hospital not accepting trauma patients at this time

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 13:29:04-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi Medical Center's Doctor's Regional Hospital is not taking trauma patients or performing certain procedures at this time.

Several viewers contacted KRIS 6 yesterday afternoon claiming some patients arriving at Doctor's Regional Hospital on South Alameda were being sent to other medical facilities.

According to Corpus Christi Medical Center's Director of Public Relations Lisa Robertson, some patients were being sent to Bay Area Hospital on South Padre Island Drive.

She released the following statement late yesterday:

"Following a recent survey, it was determined that upgrades to certain functions in support of our operating rooms were needed to help ensure we continue to provide the highest quality care. While we continue to perform surgeries, we are rescheduling some procedures and shifting them to the Bay Area campus and we are not taking trauma cases temporarily while we conduct this work. We expect the upgrades to be completed soon, and we remain focused on caring for our community as we've done for more than 25 years."

Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha said paramedics are doing their best to get patients to other medical facilities to get the medical care they need.

"We're making sure patients are being taken to proper facilities. We're in constant communications with the hospitals that are being impacted by this situation. Paramedics are making sure patients can be accepted by appropriate facilities," Rocha said.

Meanwhile, Christus Spohn is accepting some of the trauma patients who are being turned away. Christus Spohn's Regional Public Relations Specialist Kevin Dolliole released the following statement:

"Christus Spohn is always ready to respond to our community’s health care needs. Monday evening, EMS alerted CHRISTUS Spohn that they would be redirecting surgical, Trauma and STEMI patients to CHRISTUS Spohn’s Heart Institute and its ACS verified and Texas State designated Level 2 Trauma Center located at Shoreline’s newly constructed North Tower."

This is a developing story. Once Doctor's Regional announces it will begin accepting trauma patients or return to normal operating procedures, we will let you know.