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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Sep. 8, 2017 1 year ago

Hurricane Irma Updates for the  Florida Hospitals in Volusia & Flagler counties

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by: Jacque Estes Community Editor

The Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties have already begun preparations to help staff prepare, respond and recover from the potential impact.

Hurricane Irma has been labeled the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Hospital is not taking this threat lightly.

Each of the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties have individual hurricane plans to help staff prepare, respond and recover from a potential storm.

Several considerations factor into the decision of whether or not to evacuate a hospital facility, such as wind speeds and storm surge. In an abundance of caution, protective actions taken at the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties include:

  • Florida Hospital Oceanside is an 80-bed facility located beachside in Ormond Beach on A1A. This facility will evacuate 31 patients to Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach on Friday, Sept. 8. The emergency department at this facility is also expected to close, however the exact time has not yet been determined.
  • Florida Hospital New Smyrna is a 112-bed facility located in New Smyrna Beach, a few short blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway. This facility will evacuate approximately 50 patients to Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City on Friday, Sept. 8. The entire hospital will be closed and the emergency department at this facility will be closed to patients as of noon on Saturday, Sept. 9.
  • All procedures, diagnostic testing and outpatient appointments scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 are cancelled and will need to be rescheduled for future dates.
  • All freestanding Florida Hospital outpatient facilities and employed physician offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 11. Depending on the storm’s track and localized impact, these facilities and offices plan to assess any damages on Tuesday, Sept. 12 to evaluate reopening.

 

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