[Tagging] free_standing_emergency_department, amenity or clinic ?

Jmapb jmapb at gmx.com
Tue Apr 30 16:20:47 UTC 2019

On 4/30/2019 12:13 PM, Nita Rae Sanders wrote:

> On 4/30/19, Jmapb <jmapb at gmx.com> wrote:
>> I've mapped one of these: https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/6372786026
>> ...
>> It's got a very different feel from an "Urgent Care" center, which I'd
>> tag as healthcare=clinic. It feels like a hospital department that
>> happens to be offsite.
> That's exactly what it is. They exist for all the following reasons:
> o Cheaper than building a whole new hospital (just to get the ER)
> o Allow for better utilization of the inpatient care capacity at the
> central facility
> o Redundancy of the ER department
> o Outreach to areas otherwise poorly served
> o Reduction of time for ambulance pickup to ER arrival (and to patient
> stabilization)
> o Functionally equivalent to an onsite ER department, with the
> exception of Trauma handling
> There are now more off-site ER departments in Florida, than on-site ER
> departments.

I've contemplated a healthcare=department tag, for mapping complex
hospital campuses. This could also be useful for offsite departments
like these ERs.


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