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MMH diverts patients from Sunday evening through Monday morning

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MASSENA — A busy weekend at Massena Memorial Hospital led the facility to divert patients away from its emergency room for roughly 17 hours from Sunday evening through Monday morning.

The hospital has 47 acute-care inpatient beds. Hospital spokeswoman Tina R. Corcoran said with only two of those acute-care beds available Sunday night, hospital officials requested area rescue squads take patients elsewhere.

“We were a full house,” Mrs. Corcoran said. “It was very busy. We had two acute care beds available in house and seven patients in the ER.”

She said the diversion went into effect at 5 p.m. Sunday and was lifted at approximately 10 a.m. Monday.

“We asked ambulances to divert to one of our neighboring hospitals,” she said. “If someone drove to the hospital or was dropped off, they would have been seen in the ER.”

While the hospital never likes to turn people away, Mrs. Corcoran said, diverting patients is something that any hospital has to do on occasion.

“Occasionally hospitals have to do this, but we had a number of discharges this morning (Monday) and are now off diversion. We maybe have to divert patients a couple of times a year,” she said.

Mrs. Corcoran said it was her understanding the flu has hit St. Lawrence County.

“We’ve seen quite as bit of it here in Massena,” she said.

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