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Hurricane Ian rips a part of roof off Florida hospital – Chief Healthcare Govt

An HCA Healthcare hospital closed and transferred sufferers after shedding a layer of roofing in excessive winds. Hospitals and nursing houses throughout Florida evacuated sufferers.

An HCA Healthcare hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida has quickly closed and transferred sufferers after shedding a part of its roofing in Hurricane Ian.

The HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital positioned in Port Charlotte is suspending providers till additional discover, HCA Florida Healthcare mentioned in a news release Thursday. About 160 sufferers have been transferred.

“The hospital misplaced a layer of its roofing to sustained excessive winds through the storm, which brought about water leaks that impacted areas of the constructing,” HCA Florida mentioned.

Fawcett Hospital transferred the ability’s most severely ailing sufferers earlier than Ian made landfall, HCA Florida mentioned Thursday.

Water rained down into the intensive care unit as a result of shedding a part of the roof, whereas storm surge led to flooding in a decrease degree emergency room Wednesday, CBS News reported. Dr. Birgit Bodine informed CBS Information that employees anticipated a difficult time from the storm “however we did not anticipate that the roof would blow off on the fourth ground.”

The hospital has 4 flooring, and sufferers have been targeting two flooring, Bodine informed CBS Information.

In an interview with CNN, Bodine mentioned, “Everyone’s doing good and really, surprisingly, in first rate spirits.” Bodine described how employees moved everybody out of the ICU.

HCA Florida mentioned it has reached out to try to contact relations of sufferers and arrange a hotline for family members to verify on sufferers (844-482-4821). HCA mentioned it is usually providing monetary assist to employees affected by the storm.

Some Florida hospitals, particularly on the state’s west coast, transferred patients ahead of Ian’s arrival. Hospitals closed services, postponed surgical procedures, and suspended some providers as a result of Ian, which brought about catastrophic harm in elements of Florida.

Throughout the state, 15 hospitals transferred sufferers because of the hurricane, based on the Florida Hospital Association.

The Florida Well being Care Affiliation mentioned 43 nursing houses evacuated about 3,400 residents as of Thursday, the Associated Press reported. Emergency crews have been nonetheless working late Thursday to assist evacuate residents in assisted dwelling services in Orange County, which incorporates Orlando.

HCA Florida Englewood Hospital is closed and is transferring sufferers. HCA has additionally quickly shut down some emergency providers within the Tampa space.

BayCare, which operates a number of hospitals in Florida, mentioned Thursday that Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is closed, together with ambulatory surgical facilities, outpatient facilities, and pressing care facilities in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

BayCare mentioned its hospitals in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk Counties are open, however elective procedures are suspended. BayCare can also be providing sufferers one free telehealth go to by Oct. 12.

Tampa General Hospital stayed open by the storm, though some care places have been closed. Tampa is reopening most pressing care and outpatient rehabilitation facilities Friday, though some stay closed.

AdventHealth additionally operates a number of hospitals in Florida, closed medical group places of work Wednesday and Thursday and likewise paused some dwelling visits.

Ian regained Hurricane energy after crossing Florida and reaching the Atlantic, and is anticipated to hit the Carolinas Friday. A hurricane warning has been issued alongside the coast of South Carolina and part of North Carolina.

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