REED CITY — Though it was rumored that Reed City Hospital was not admitting any new patients at a recent council meeting, Spectrum Health has reassured no one is being turned away.
At the September council meeting, James A reported to the council he had taken his father to the hospital to be told they were no longer taking in any new patients.
“Due to my father’s illness as of late, I have had the unfortunate pleasure of visiting many hospitals over the last three or four weeks,” he told the council. “However, when I took him to the Reed City Hospital, I was told that they are no longer admitting new patients and those they were taking in were strictly ER.”
When first informed about this, Spectrum Health Media Relations personal Sue Krieger stated that should not have been the case and was to call and get to the bottom of the rumor.
“There is no reason anyone should have been turned away,” said Media Relations representative Ellen Bristol.
There was another rumor that the hospital was closing their ER, according to Reed City Manager Ron Howell.
“I had heard a rumor that the emergency room was going to close. However, when I called Sara Neubecker she informed me that that was absolutely not the case,” he reported to the council.
In a statement from Spectrum Health, Bristol wrote in an email that nothing is closing and that there seems to just have been a miscommunication.
“Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital continues to accept patients, and there has been no interruption in service. In order to better meet the needs of our patients, some services at our Reed City and Big Rapids locations have been relocated to one hospital or the other,” she wrote. “As always, if you need emergency care, you may go to either hospital or any Spectrum Health hospital location. We apologize for any confusion in recent weeks. Spectrum Health is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve at both hospital locations.”
Services that have been relocated are; as of Sept. 10 endoscopies have been moved from the Big Rapids hospital to the Reed City Hospital and as of Oct. 1 infusion services will be performed at the Susan P. Wheatlake Cancer Center in Reed City and nuclear medicine will be shifted to Big Rapids Hospital.
At the meeting, a member of the audience and Reed City Hospital board member Rich Saladin stated that there were changes in service happening and that might be why Anderlohr’s father had to go to another hospital.
“Nothing is closing,” he informed the council. “There is just a change in service, is all.”
However, he did reiterate that the ICU was not in service and that could have been why Anderlohr’s father was recommended a different hospital.
“You can still stay for up to three days,” Saladin told the council. “If the stay is longer than that or you are in more serious condition, we are sending to other hospitals who are equipped to handle a dire situation.”
The old ICU is where the endoscopy equipment and offices are now located at Reed City.