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Health Care Leaders Urge Residents not to Overcrowd ERs


CharterCARE CEO Jeffrey Liebman joined with state and hospital representatives Wednesday to encourage Rhode Islanders to use local emergency rooms prudently.
“Access to emergency health care is a critical resource that must be protected during times of health crisis such as the COVID pandemic”, said Liebman. “CharterCARE, and its two hospitals, Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, is urging all people to confer with their Primary Care Physician’s (PCP) office prior to going to a hospital-based emergency room. In this way, patient traffic that is not appropriate for emergency acute care can be better cared for more promptly in an alternative setting”.
Liebman praised emergency physicians, nurses and support staff for the tremendous job they have been doing to meet the intense demand for emergency services while continuing to deliver exceptional care and compassion to patients.  
In a serious emergency, always call 911 or go to an emergency department.
For patients in need of a doctor, Liebman offered that people can call CharterCARE Medical Associates, with close to 70 providers in more than 25 locations, for the name of a physician. That number is 456-3627.
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