Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Latest Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Update

As most of you are aware, the flash floods that hit Louisville on August 4 caused the need to evacuate Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. Patients were discharged or transferred to other facilities in the city, primarily Jewish Hospital and Norton Audubon Hospital. Since that time, we have been working diligently to reopen services, as we know that Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital plays a vital part in providing access to health care to the south Louisville community.

I am pleased to inform you that our Emergency Department, the second busiest in Louisville seeing nearly 45,000 patients annually, will be reopening tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12 at 8:00 a.m. along with our radiology and lab departments which provide key support to the emergency department. Because of the volume of patients we serve, this has been our top priority in reopening. Also open on the Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital campus is the Women’s Center, Surgery Center (which provides outpatient surgery), Sleep Center, Wound Healing Center, Frazier Rehab, physician offices and Diabetes Education classes.

At this time, we do not have an expected date as to when the hospital will be fully operational. We hope to begin reopening inpatient beds and units in phases as soon as possible. In the interim, as a part of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare, we are fortunate to be a part of a system that allows us to seamlessly transfer any patients who visit our emergency department needing inpatient care to Jewish Hospital. Many of our Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital team members are located at Jewish Hospital and other JHSMH facilities providing care to these patients.

Continuous updates on the status of operations are being provided at www.jhsmh.org/smehupdates, www.facebook.com/jewishhospital and www.twitter.com/jewishhospital. In addition, a phone line with updates has been developed for community members to call – 502-409-3069.

We appreciate the support shown by the community we serve during this difficult time.

Jeff Polson
Vice President
Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare

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