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Record SPMC emergency room visits in March

Summit Pacific Medical Center reported the most emergency room visits, likely in the history of the hospital in March.

There were 2,265 emergency room visits — the most in a single month in the nine years the hospital district records — and likely the most visits ever. The new hospital in Elma opened in February of last year. Hospital District Commission Chairman Drew Hooper notes that even though the hospital had budgeted to lose operational revenue, thanks to the increased patients — and the tax revenue from hospital district property taxpayers — the hospital was able to break even.