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Health care pilot programs in Glendale aim to keep patients and savings in mind

Local hospital officials are hoping two pilot programs kicking off this year will reduce the number of return visits to the emergency room as well as ease the bottleneck in ERs by diverting some patients to local urgent-care centers.

Starting Sept. 15, Glendale Adventist Medical Center and the Glendale Fire Department will be among the few facilities and agencies to start making in-house visits to check up on patients who’ve been discharged after suffering heart failure.