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Hospitals admit COVID-19 patients faster than they can discharge

The patient needed a ventilator or she would die. The hospital wanted to discharge her, but there was no place she could go.

As the surge of coronavirus infections created a terrifying shortage of hospital beds across Southern California, discharge planner Erika Gomez faced a dilemma. She needed to move the woman — a neurology patient — as safely as possible, while also freeing up a critical bed at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.

Over the next two weeks, Gomez reached out…


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