A water pipe break wreaked havoc at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta in early December, flooding multiple floors and damaging hundreds of beds. For a time, Grady was forced to divert all its ambulance traffic to other facilities. Even now, the emergency room, which normally handles more than 400 visits a day, has not returned to normal operations. It’s only accepting trauma, stroke and burn patients. The entire situation has caused ripples in other parts of the area’s emergency medical network.
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