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Patients crowding into ER at Mercy
Merced Sun-Star

Mercy Medical Center Merced saw a high number of patients at its emergency department late in the past year. Many of them could have been seen elsewhere. With flu season at its peak, the number of patients is likely to remain high.

Gary Tamkin, medical director for the department of emergency medicine at Mercy, said the average number of patients who were seen per day during December was 179, with a 1.5 percent rate of patients who left without being seen.