Hi, we're John Diedrich and Kevin Crowe, and we are investigating the practice of ambulances being turned away from emergency rooms -- AMA!
I'm John Diedrich, an investigative reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I have been a reporter for almost 30 years. Recently, I've been looking into what happens when hospitals close to ambulances, something called "diversion." I had not heard of this until I found a case in Milwaukee of a woman who had a stroke close to the top hospital for stroke care in our county -- she was turned away and sent to a hospital three miles away and then another five miles from there. That got me looking in diversion, why it happens, what are the risks and how some places including Boston have figured out a better system. I learned about the case of a critically ill baby who was turned away from a top children's hospital in Chicago 30 years ago and how the system in Illinois today is still failing to hold hospitals accountable. For this investigation, I traveled to Chicago three times, went to Boston to see where diversion was banned 10 years ago and went to Dallas to attend a meeting of top EMS leaders to learn about the issues they face including diversion. I began amassing a pile of paperwork, studies, news articles and records that now has filled a dozen three-ring binders and is growing along with
I'm Kevin Crowe, a data journalist with USA TODAY and formerly the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I'm the one who focuses on columns and rows in investigations. I've spent much of the past year hunting for and analyzing ambulance diversion data from cities and states across the country. At this point, I think I know the tidyverse better than my own children.
Edit: That's all the time we have right now, but we'll pop back in later and try to answer some straggler questions.