As a previous patient and curr...
As a previous patient and current employee, most importantly an honest reviewer.. the local residents of this area are only to blame for the failure of PGHC.
As a county hospital, it services all basic needs dealing with law enforcement (person under the influence, psychiatric petitions, detainees needing to be cleared for custody) to accepting no insurance patients, who wouldn't be seen elsewhere.
First of all, because the hospital is older there are NOT as many beds as people assume. Other hospitals have 30 + beds not including their Fast Track- Minor Assessment clinic. Prince George's only has 21 beds, two of which are reserved for traumas (PGHC is the only trauma center in the southern MD area and is located off two major highways) and four beds are reserved for urgent life threatening conditions... sudden respiratory failure, active seizures, heart attacks, etc. Given the census of the area ... majority of the patients seen there are in SEVERE condition. Not seeing their primary care physicians regularly, or have no insurance to see a PCP. If there are more than two traumas, which there always are at any given time they get bed priority as would anyone who is truly suffering from a potential sudden death condition. The nurses Triage and assess any persons claiming to be ill, as all other hospitals do. Due to lack of space or level of priority, yes wait times are very long.
So much goes on in that ER that other hospitals don't put up with or that patients ever get to see. This place doesn't need to be shut down.. it needs help! A back up! Other hospitals turn so many patients away or transfer them to PGHC because it is outside of "their level of care." As a county hospital, PGHC can NOT turn anyone away... even those who abuse the system or hold up beds because of ingrown toenails.