Power outages hit area hospitals, too

February 6, 2014 11:39:16 AM PST
THe ice storm created major problems for area hospitals today. Within the hour, Abington Memorial Hospital finally got power back, after running on generator power for most of the day.

"We're in good shape," said Doctor John Kelly, chief of staff at Abington Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Kelly said as the threat of another winter storm surfaced, staff at the hospital started planning.

When power went out this morning and generators kicked on, all in-patients were well taken care of.

However, elective, or not-immediately-necessary surgeries were canceled, along with outpatient testing.

"We are capable of doing everything we can do for emergency conditions, but if you needed a total hip, and were scheduled for today, that we called off, and canceled," Dr. Kelly continued.

It's a similar story at Paoli Memorial and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation hospital.

Power at Springfield Hospital was restored late in the afternoon.

But DaVita Dialysis had to close 10 centers, mostly north and west of the city due to power outages. Patients were sent to other centers or had to be rescheduled.

Back at Abington, Dr Kelly says extra supplies already brought in and extra staff will be sleeping at the hospital.

As for when power will be restored-

"The power company is describing this like a Sandy-like event, so it may not come back on throughout the general area for several days," said Dr. Kelly.


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