Hospital ERs remain open, numbers to call to check on patients

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center says it has suspended all services, except for the emergency room, and evacuated 139 patients by aircraft, helicopter and ambulance to HCA Healthcare sister facilities in Florida.

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Family members with questions regarding their loved ones who may have been transferred should call 844-582-2350.

HCA sent extra staff to the Panhandle to help care for an influx of patients. Gulf Coast Regional’s ER remained open and received patients during and after the storm.

Gulf Coast Regional, which sustained significant damage and the loss of public utilities during the storm, is running on full backup generator power. Hospital leaders will continue to assess the damage and have already begun repairs. A federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team is onsite to augment emergency services.

For the latest updates, visit Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center's Facebook page.

The largest hospitals in Panama City are shutting down and evacuating patients due to heavy damage from Hurricane Michael.

Emergency response crews set up in Panama City to assist hospitals in treating patients.

Officials at Bay Medical Sacred Heart announced that they're transferring about 200 patients to hospitals in Pensacola and Jacksonville, and to Mobile, Alabama.

Bay Medical Sacred Heart said they will continue to maintain a functioning emergency room.

For the latest updates, visit the Bay Medical Sacred Heart Facebook page.

Family members who want to know the name of the receiving hospital for Bay Medical Sacred Heart patients can call the Bay Medical Sacred Heart patient line at 1-888-727-4568.

Sacred Heart's statement says the transfers began at 3 a.m. Thursday with 39 critical care patients and would take about 48 hours to complete.

Damage at Sacred Heart includes blown-out windows, a cracked exterior wall and a roof collapse in a maintenance building that stores supplies necessary for long-term care. The hospital says no patients were injured and its emergency room remains open on generator power.



 
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