Sep 17, 2008

Voices of Ike - We will reopen tomorrow

5:28 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2008 Texas City pulmononlogist Joseph Prince, MD

I am a physician at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. I believe we were the only short term acute care hospital along the Gulf Freeway not to close our doors in advance of Hurricane Ike. I stayed on duty in house the night of the hurricane, but once the storm came we were forced to close our doors--but did take patients up until about 8:00 p.m. Power went out during the overnight hours but the backup generators were fully functional and overall the staff morale was excellent. Unfortunately, due to power loss in Texas City we lost running water and sewage in the early morning hours, resulting in the need to evacuate our facility. Fortunately I know of no patient deaths in our facility resulting from the storm. Although the OR was flooded, the hospital will reopen tomorrow and will have limited ER triage, minor surgical, and medical ICU capabilities. I am informed patients with igher level of illness will require transfer to another facility. It is our hope we will be able to decompress some of the medical needs of Galveston and the coastal areas during the closure of UTMB.

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