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Florence hospital starts week with power outage

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 6th, 2013

A transformer blew Monday morning at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center facilities in Florence, requiring the hospital to use its emergency back up generator for power. Buildings affected were the main hospital, the ambulance barn and operations.

Gary Nieborsky, Central Lincoln PUDís operations manager, said an appropriate transformer was not immediately available, but a replacement was found through Eugene Water and Electric Board and power was fully restored by 8 p.m, 12 hours after the initial outage.

The effect on patient care was minimal, said Kat Rannow, communications specialist for PeaceHealth.

ďOnly one patient needed to be diverted to RiverBend (PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield), however, we did cancel all non-emergent radiology services,Ē she said.

Rannow added that if an emergency surgery or MRI was required, the hospital had the ability to divert the limited power to that particular area.

Hopefully, such a scenario will soon be a thing of the past.

For the complete article see the 08-07-2013 issue.

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