Patients evacuated from hospital after power outage

By Jackie Hays - bio | email 
Posted By Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It was a combination of things that forced patients to be evacuated from Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital. Flooding was certainly the major issue, but staff and patients seemed to take it in stride.

With sirens wailing, ambulances began lining up outside Sts. Mary and Elizabeth to take patients to higher ground. A hospital spokesman says patients were not in danger, but the flooding left two to three feet of rain in the basement where some of the building's main electrical circuits are located.

As the power went out and emergency generators kicked in, the decision was made to get the patients moved to Jewish Hospital and other facilities. With more than 100 patients, the move could take awhile.

The most critically ill were moved first. The hospital is now in the process of setting up a hotline for families of those who've been moved. For now, people can call the main switchboard at Jewish Hospital for more information at 587-4011.

As of 5:15 p.m., Jeff Polson, vice president of marketing and commications for Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Healthcare, tells WAVE 3 the emergency Deaprtment at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth is closed.

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