At times, I’ll hear over the newsroom’s police scanner how ambulances are redirected because a patient chooses one hospital over another.
In other words, even if it takes longer to get medical care, people are willing to wait..in the back of a van.
Well, if you live near the York/West Manchester Township line, the wait time to be treated for minor illnesses by either WellSpan or Memorial Hospital should soon prove similar.
Later this year, WellSpan will open a family medicine practice at the former Banana Max in York. The practice, which will employ two doctors, will be within one mile of Memorial Hospital’s planned medical campus.
Barry Sparks, a WellSpan spokesman, said Memorial’s plans to build a hospital at the former course did not factor into WellSpan’s decision to open its family practice so close by on Roosevelt Avenue.
Josette Myers, a spokeswoman for Memorial, said WellSpan’s plans for it medical office does not affect Memorial’s yet-to-be built replacement hospital.
So, since each medical group is going about its business regardless of each other’s construction plans, where does that leave you?
I have no idea. That’s why I’m asking. Really, how do you decide who will provide your medical care?
Let me know at 717-771-2047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.