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Emergency room visits soar at area hospitals
San Bernardino Sun - Jim Steinberg

Emergency room visits have soared at area hospitals, buoyed by population growth, a sagging economy and the swine flu. In 2002, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center saw 59,093 patients in its emergency room. That number soared 119 percent to 129,959 in 2009, said Jorge Valencia, a hospital spokesman. Dr. Rodney Borger, chairman of the ARMC emergency department, said “this doubling of the numbers in a relatively short number of years is the result of not dealing with healthcare reform over the years…it’s getting progressively worse.”