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Florida Hospital East Florida Region Hurricane Matthew Updates (4)

VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., October 10, 2016, at 11:30AM – Words cannot begin to express how grateful we are to our extraordinary staff for their efforts during our preparations for Hurricane Matthew, as well as through the storm, and beyond into the recovery process. Our team members worked diligently to maintain our exceptional level of patient care, regardless of the weather and other challenges. 
 
Below is an update on each of the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, which composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. 
 
Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand:
  • Florida Hospital DeLand, the Cancer Center and its outpatient facility Victoria Medical Park are both fully operational and open to patients. 
  • During Hurricane Matthew, the hospital was not evacuated and the emergency department remained open for patients with medical emergencies. 
 
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City: 
  • Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully operational and all inpatient and outpatient functions at the Saxon Blvd. address are open to patients today. 
  • The hospital’s outpatient facility Deltona Health Park was restored with power late on October 9 and is expected to reopen on Tuesday, October 11. 
  • During Hurricane Matthew, the hospital was not evacuated and the emergency department remained open for patients with medical emergencies, caring for more than 200 patients at one point. 
  • Twenty-four patients and 40 staff from Florida Hospital New Smyrna were evacuated to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial during the storm period. On October 9, the hospital discharged 18 of the Florida Hospital New Smyrna patients. The remaining six patients will stay at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial until they can be discharged. 
  • Once the storm passed, the emergency department was very busy with patients needing medical care and treated more than 230 patients on October 9 in an already full facility. 
 
Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast:
  • During Hurricane Matthew, all inpatients at Florida Hospital Flagler were evacuated; however, the emergency department remained open throughout the storm’s duration for patients with medical emergencies. 
  • On October 8, inpatients who were evacuated to other facilities began returning to Florida Hospital Flagler. 
  • Today, Florida Hospital Flagler and its outpatient facilities Parkway Medical Plaza and Town Center Surgery are fully operational and open to patients. 
  • The Medical Office Building on the Florida Hospital Flagler campus is open, but physician offices may be closed due to staffing. Patients are advised to contact their physician offices directly for status. 
 
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach:
  • During Hurricane Matthew, the hospital was not evacuated and the emergency department remained open for patients with medical emergencies, having cared for 260 high acuity patients on October 8 and 217 high acuity patients on October 9.
  • At the height of the storm, the facility sheltered 325 patients and their families, staff members and their families in addition to 50 pets.
  • The Cancer Center, Florida Hospital Imaging and the outpatient facility at New Smyrna Health Park are fully functional and open to patients. However, all elective and non-emergent surgeries scheduled for today have been canceled. 
  • Offsite locations at Daytona Beach Shores, Port Orange Pavilion, Reflections, and Sterthaus Annex are closed today, as they still do not have power. 
  • Patients are advised to contact their physician offices directly for status of closure.
 
Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach:
  • During Hurricane Matthew, all patients at Florida Hospital Oceanside were evacuated and the emergency department was closed. 
  • Minor damage occurred at the facility and the hospital’s engineering crews, as well as construction crews from Orlando-based contractor Robins & Morton, have been working diligently to prepare the facility for reopening.  
  • Evacuated patients will be transferred back to the facility once the hospital is able to resume normal operations. 
  • Florida Hospital Oceanside’s emergency department will open at noon today.  
  • Outpatient services including rehabilitation, laboratory services and imaging will remain closed until October 12 while the hospital concentrates on caring for patients in the emergency department. 
 
Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach:
  • During Hurricane Matthew, all patients at Florida Hospital New Smyrna were evacuated and the emergency department was closed. 
  • The facility lost power for the duration of the storm and is expected to resume normal operations on October 12. 
  • Twenty-four patients and 40 staff from Florida Hospital New Smyrna were evacuated to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial during the storm period. On October 9, the hospital discharged 18 of the Florida Hospital New Smyrna patients. The remaining six patients will stay at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial until they can be discharged. 
  • The outpatient facility Florida Hospital New Smyrna Health Park is fully functional and open to patients.
 
Additional updates will be communicated as information is available. To receive instant updates, follow the Florida Hospital East Florida Region facilities on Twitter at twitter.com/FlHospVF. 
 
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VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., October 7, 2016, at 12:30PM – Impact winds from Hurricane Matthew have arrived to Volusia and Flagler counties and extreme winds and wind gusts are forecasted to extend through Saturday morning.  
 
The Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, which composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region, have additional protective actions taken to report:
 
  • Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand has not been evacuated and the emergency department is open for patients with medical emergencies. For the safety of our patients and staff, all hospital entrances for visitors were locked on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., except for the emergency department and ambulance entrances. 
  • Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City has not been evacuated and the emergency department is open for patients with medical emergencies. For the safety of our patients and staff, all hospital entrances for visitors were locked on Oct. 6 at 5 p.m., except for the emergency department and ambulance entrances.
  • All patients at Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast were evacuated. However, the emergency department remains open for patients with medical emergencies. For the safety of our patients and staff, all hospital entrances for visitors were locked on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., except for the emergency department and ambulance entrances. 
  • Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach has not been evacuated and the emergency department is open for patients with medical emergencies. For the safety of our patients and staff, all hospital entrances for visitors were locked on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., except for the emergency department and ambulance entrances.  
  • All patients at Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach were evacuated and the emergency department is closed. The facility will not be evaluated until after the storm has passed. 
  • All patients at Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach were evacuated and the emergency department is closed. The facility has experienced some roof breaches and has lost three of four canopies. The hospital has lost utility power, and although the facility does have back-up generators, city power will be required to begin recovery, and thus reopening the hospital on Sunday is doubtful with current and developing weather conditions. 
 
The decision to evacuate was not an easy one. As the storm developed and approached the area, Florida Hospital leadership worked with local Emergency Operations Centers to make a decision to ensure the safety of patients and employees.
 
It is important to note that the hospitals do not serve as community hurricane shelters and community members are encouraged to either stay at a designated hurricane shelter or evacuate from the storm’s impact zone. 
 
All shelters in east Volusia are full. Nine shelters still have capacity in West Volusia. More information can be found on the emergency management page on www.Volusia.org.  
 
Flagler County has activated three shelter sites, located at Buddy Taylor Middle School, Bunnell Elementary School, and Rymfire Elementary School (this is the only special needs location). More information can be found at www.flagleremergency.com. 
 
Additional updates will be communicated as information is available. To receive instant updates, follow the Florida Hospital East Florida Region facilities on Twitter at twitter.com/FlHospVF. 
 
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VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., October 5, 2016, at 9 PM – The Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, which composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region, have additional protective actions taken to report:
 
  • Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast began evacuations today (Oct. 5) and will continue with evacuations tomorrow (Oct. 6).
    • Patients will be transferred to other Florida Hospital facilities. 
    • At this time, the Florida Hospital Flagler emergency department is currently open for medical emergencies. 
  • The emergency department at Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach will close at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 6). 
 
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VOLUSIA & FLAGLER COUNTIES, Fla., October 5, 2016, at 3:15 PM– Volusia and Flagler counties are now anticipating a catastrophic impact resulting from severe winds and rain from Hurricane Matthew. 
 
The Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, which composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region, have individual hurricane plans to help staff prepare, respond and recover from a potential storm. 
 
There are several considerations – such as wind speeds and storm surge – that factor into the decision of whether or not to evacuate a hospital facility. In an abundance of caution, protective actions taken at the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties include:
  • Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach was evacuated today (Wednesday, Oct. 5).
    • Approximately 50 patients from Florida Hospital Oceanside’s inpatient rehabilitation facility (Florida Hospital Peninsula Rehabilitation) and Transitional Care Unit were transported to Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach. 
    • Florida Hospital Oceanside’s emergency department is also closed, as the hospital has been completely evacuated.
  • Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach has been evacuated.
    • Approximately 30 medical/surgical patients and progressive care unit patients were transported to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City. 
    • Approximately 5 intensive care unit patients were transported to Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand. 
  • The ERs will be open and available for patients in emergency medical situations at:
    • Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand
    • Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City
    • Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach 
  • As of Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 a.m. through the storm’s duration, all Florida Hospital outpatient facilities within the East Florida Region will be closed. Additionally, all procedures, diagnostic testing and outpatient appointments are cancelled and will need to be rescheduled for future dates.
 
Additional updates will be communicated as information is available. To receive instant updates, follow the Florida Hospital East Florida Region facilities on Twitter at twitter.com/FlHospVF. 
 
About Florida Hospital East Florida Region
A member of Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital’s mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Encompassing six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region is the largest hospital system in the area, with 907 beds and more than 6,000 employees. The Florida Hospital East Florida Region includes Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach, and Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach. In April 2016, the sixth facility was added to the Florida Hospital East Florida Region family: Florida Hospital New Smyrna (formerly Bert Fish Medical Center) in New Smyrna Beach.
 
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