Sacramento Area Diversion Study

Sacramento Area Diversion Study

Study Overview

This project began when the Hospital Council of Northern & Central California contracted with The Abaris Group to conduct a study to more clearly understand the emergency department and EMS diversion issues facing the Sacramento region. Following release of the study in early 2002, all CEO's of the Hospital Council's membership stated their commitment to reducing the number of diversion hours in the region by 50 percent by the end of 2002. The Sacramento region was successful in reaching this goal.

As part of this project, a Diversion Monitoring Committee (DMC) was formed and has been meeting monthly since February 2002. In addition, four ad-hoc committees (ED Diversion Policy, Health Plan & Public Health, 911 & EMS Dispatch, and Diversion Software) were established to work in their specific topic areas and report their findings to the DMC. As a result of the committees' recommendations, ED diversion software and revised ED diversion policies were implemented.

Diversion Monitoring Committee Membership

Amerish Bera, MD

Medical Director, Primary Care Services, Sacramento County

Bob Chason

Director of Hospital & Clinics, UC Davis Medical Center

Rod Chong

Deputy Chief, Sacramento City Fire Dept.

Ed Glavis

Senior VP - Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Steve Cantelme

Battalion Chief, Sacramento Metro Fire Dept.

Norm Label, MD

Emergency Physicians Medical Group

Shelly McGriff, RN

CNE, Sutter Medical Center Sacramento

Robert Midgley, MD

Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society

Pankaj Patel, MD

ED Chief, Kaiser Hospital - Sacramento

Cheryl Wraa, RN

ED Nurse Manager, UC Davis Medical Center

Catherine Ross, RN

Director of Critical Care & Emergency Services Sutter Roseville

Michael Uboldi

Hospital President, Mercy San Juan Medical Center

Bruce Wagner

Chief, Sacramento County EMS Agency


Diversion Hours for 2003 were down 38 percent from 2002. See the chart "Diversion Hours 2002 vs. 2003" under Related Files. Read about how the Sacramento area emergency departments' hard work has paid off. For more information on the topic of diversion, check out The Abaris Group's Diversion web site or the California ED Diversion Project web site.

Related Files

Diversion Hours Graphic
Standardized Hospital Diversion Policy
Regional Diversion Policy
Action Plan
Hospital Self Audit

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