Texas hospital shifts patients to another facility amid shortage of neurosurgeons
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 8, 2008
For months, Harris Methodist Fort Worth (TX) Hospital has been forced to turn away emergency patients with brain and spine injuries because of a shortage of neurosurgeons. The hospital, which is a level 2 trauma center, has just four neurosurgeons available to treat trauma cases and the problem could escalate if several key physicians follow through on threats to leave. As a result of the shortage, crews routinely are told to take victims of car wrecks and falls and others with serious neurological injuries to the publicly funded John Peter Smith Hospital a few blocks away.