Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Expected to Fully Re-Open This Week

by scrosby on September 7, 2009

A south Louisville hospital that was severely damaged in the August fourth flash flood is expected to be fully operational tomorrow.

Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital had to move some 200 patients to other Louisville hospitals when the facility sustained severe damage in the flood. Almost all the hospital’s departments are back up and running. Hospital President and CEO Tom Gessel says the primary problem has been the electrical system, especially in the inpatient surgery area.

“As you can image, it’s a high-utilization area for power,” says Gessel. “A lot of high-tech equipment, a lot of very complicated equipment we use there, so we wanted to make sure we had adequate power-supply for that.”

During the recovery, most of the hospital’s scheduled surgeries were moved to Jewish Hospital. The emergency room at Sts. Mary and Elizabeth reopened on August 12th.

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