NCH Healthcare System will welcome patients from regional hospitals affected by Hurricane Ian
NAPLES, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, Sept. 30, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — NCH Healthcare System, itself dealing with impacts related to Hurricane Ian, is supporting up to 400 patients transferred from nearby hospitals in our north who have been hardest hit by this catastrophic storm.
Lee Health at Ft. Myers, Fla., 40 miles north of Naples, is evacuating up to 400 patients due to water pressure losses at two of its campuses. Other patients will be transferred in the coming days. The state Agency for Health Care Administration said evacuations were needed at Lee Health because hospitals are required to have proper water pressure for patient care as well as the cooling system. installations.
The NCH health system will receive the vast majority of these patients and has the capacity to handle the emergency influx. We already have everything in place logistically and have activated our emergency response plans. 22 patients arrived from Lee Health yesterday and many more transfers are expected to arrive at our two hospital campuses today and into the weekend.
“The NCH Healthcare System has never closed its doors once, even in the face of numerous hurricanes over the years since our opening in 1956,” said Paul Hiltz, President and CEO of NCH Healthcare System. “And while NCH has suffered its own losses, those doors remain open today as we continue to offer assistance to our community in times of need.”
A stream of staff has stepped into NCH to help our neighbors and help support the influx of patients, as NCH continues to seek more accommodation options to be able to house them during this emergency.
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