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UCLA Medical Center pilot programs to enhance emergency services
UCLA Daily-Bruin

The UCLA Center for Prehospital Care is launching two pilot programs Tuesday in Los Angeles that aim to reduce overcrowding in emergency rooms and hospitals.

The programs will be launched at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and four Glendale clinics, said Cathy Chidester, director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services. UCLA Emergency Medical Services, which covers Westwood, is not affected.

One of the Community Paramedic Pilot Programs will allow patients with minor injuries to authorize their ambulatory transportation to urgent care centers instead of emergency rooms.