PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As winds howled outside during Hurricane Michael, hundreds of staff and patients rode out the storm inside Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. CEO Brad Griffin says no patients were harmed, but the facility did suffer damage.
"We started losing some windows on the third floor of the building, which was allowing wind and rain to come in, creating an unsafe environment on the third floor, so we moved all the patients from the third floor down," explained Griffin.
The emergency room stayed open throughout the storm and remains open now. Crews are working around the clock to clean up the mess the storm left behind. The plan is to open up the rest of the hospital as soon as repairs can be made.