YAKIMA, Wash - Astria Regional Center's emergency room is now closed which puts more pressure on Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital.
Memorial could now see a 40-percent increase in patients. The hospital has two cath labs while Regional had three. But Regional was the only hospital in Yakima which provided open heart surgery.
Shelly Leedom, a cardiac nurse with Astria Regional, says this will make things even more difficult in providing care for heart patients.