Health care shortages create 'dehumanizing' ER pileups in Twin Cites area hospitals
November 17, 2022
No seat was available outside the St. John's Hospital emergency department on one recent afternoon - not in two waiting rooms, or the hallway between them, or the benches at the sliding glass front door, or near the decorative Snoopy.
Some patients slept, others writhed in pain, others twitched and wondered if they should leave. Some had received care, just not inside the ER. It was a mass of 40 sick people, all of them waiting.
"It's dehumanizing," said Amy Lockwood of St. Paul, who sat with kidney pains in a hallway chair for four hours. "This is a good hospital. I've never seen it like this. This is crazy."