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Flu patients continue to fill hospital beds

February 19, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Some elective surgeries are being suspended at Chambersburg Hospital today because of an influx of influenza patients, according to a hospital official.

Norman Epstein, the president and chief executive officer of Summit Health, which runs both Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals, said Thursday afternoon Chambersburg was nearing its 232-bed capacity, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The medical/surgical, critical care and pediatric units were full Thursday afternoon, according to Epstein.

It's a situation that may require some emergency room patients to be held there until a regular hospital bed becomes available, the spokeswoman said. The hospital has not suspended admissions, however.

Epstein said the schedule for elective surgeries will be evaluated on a daily basis.

The outbreak has effected other area hospitals, including Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md., which suspended elective surgeries through the end of this week because of the high number of patients admitted for flu-related symptoms.

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