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More EMS patients to be sent to hospital

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Emergency Medical Services has begun transporting patients to Rhode Island Hospital on nights and weekends in compliance with a newly enforced but long-standing state regulation.

The Rhode Island division of EMS informed the University in July that it would start enforcing the regulation, which mandates that ambulances transport passengers to a facility staffed by a physician, administrators said. Health Services is staffed by nurses 24 hours a day, but doctors are only on hand during working hours.

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