Memorial Hospital prepared to keep trauma center open during power outage

Michiana's designated trauma center continues to keep running on generators.

Friday morning nearly 300 people were staying at Memorial Hospital when the power went out.

The trauma center was without power for two hours but all the patients were safe.

Visitors were welcome yet ambulances were being diverted.

Ambulance services were immediately notified to take patients to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and Elkhart General.

Memorial Hospital Vice President of Marketing, Lori Turner, says, “We are what is called on diversion and the community is used to what is called diversion. Sometimes diversion occurs just if there is a large population in the ER. So hospitals are used to helping each other out on this.”

Memorial is the area's designated trauma center yet if necessary a patient could have been flown to another trauma center in Ft. Wayne, Chicago or Indianapolis.

An incident command center has been in place since the middle of the night working to keep the essential departments like intensive care and the trauma center up and running.

Patient walk-ins are welcome and patients are not being turned away.

Outpatient and elective procedures were rescheduled with non-essential departments using limited electricity.

Plus four physician offices had to be closed on Friday.

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