OSF HealthCare has been granted a waiver from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) so ambulances can transport Streator-area patients to urgent care.
"OSF thanks the IDPH for its quick response in granting the waiver," OSF HealthCare Regional CEO David Gorenz said. "This is another important step in our efforts at meeting the health care needs of the residents of Streator."
The waiver holds a stipulation that an ambulance be stationed at the OSF Center for Health - Streator's urgent care facility. In most cases, ambulances are allowed only at emergency departments. OSF HealthCare said it is working with Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois on meeting that
OSF HealthCare anticipates receiving approval to operate an emergency center in Streator when the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board meets Tuesday night. Following approval, the IDPH still needs to issue a license for the facility.
Until that time, only ambulance patients requiring basic life support will be accepted for treatment at urgent care, staffed 24/7 by board-certified emergency medicine physicians. Patients requiring advanced life support will be transported to another emergency center in the area.