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Adventist Health System Hurricane Irma Updates

Latest Update - Sept. 10; 5:42 p.m.

9/8/2017

Adventist Health System facilities across Florida are prepared to care for our communities throughout the storm and recovery. As we get information from our facilities, we will update it here. Detailed information can also be found at FloridaHospital.com/News.

Important Links

FloridaHospital.com/News

FloridaDisaster.org

National Weather Service (NOAA)

National Hurricane Center

Storm Prediction Center

UPDATE: Sept. 10, 2017, 5:42 p.m.

Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Hardee & Highlands Counties:

- In accordance with county curfews, we ask that visitors who are at hospitals in Highlands and Hardee Counties remain in place until emergency officials have deemed the roads safe for travel.

UPDATE: Sept. 10, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

An important message for all Florida Hospital patients and visitors

The safety of our patients, visitors and employees is of the utmost importance. With the approach of Hurricane Irma, we have undertaken extensive safety preparations. We have stockpiled thousands of gallons of water, generators are standing by to run the hospital on emergency power if necessary, and sandbags have been deployed to secure doors and windows.

Those patients whom physicians deem ready for discharge will be discharged today before the storm arrives. Of course, many of our patients will remain here under medical care during the storm.

Family members of patients can rest assured that the hospital will be a safe place for their loved ones during the storm. We will be fully staffed and continue to deliver our excellent standard of care. And while we understand the desire to remain with your loved one during this time, we strongly encourage you to consider the advice of emergency officials to stay off the roads and remain at home until the storm passes.

Visitors who are at the hospital beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday need to plan to remain here until emergency officials have deemed the roads safe for travel.

Thank you for your understanding, and be safe.

UPDATE: Sept. 10, 2017, 9:14 a.m.

Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties:

- All hospitals in the tri-county area are open and operating normally. Emergency Operations Centers have been set up at each hospital and are fully staffed.

- In accordance with county curfews, we ask that visitors who are at the hospital beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday plan to remain here until emergency officials have deemed the roads safe for travel. County curfews are currently extended through 6 p.m. Monday.

- As a reminder to the public, hospitals are not designated storm shelters. Hospital facilities, including parking garages, are not open to the public. Parking garages are needed for the use of patients and employees only.

UPDATE: Sept. 9, 2017, 05:30 p.m.

Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Hardee & Highlands Counties:
Our number one priority is the safety and security of patients, visitors and employees. Due to the increasing threat of Hurricane Irma to the area, and in an abundance of caution, Florida Hospital North Pinellas is closing and evacuating patients to safer locations. The hospital is working closely with the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center to transfer patients.

The Florida Hospital Palm Harbor ER, a service of Florida Hospital North Pinellas, will remain open, the address is 34106 US Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 and the phone number is (727) 401-3900.

The rest of the hospitals located in Hillsborough, Pasco, Highlands and Hardee counties are OPEN, subject to change based on the storm and conditions, including:

- Florida Hospital Carrollwood
- Florida Hospital at Connerton, Long Term Acute Care Facility
- Florida Hospital Tampa
- Florida Hospital Palm Harbor ER
- Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel
- Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
- Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, Sebring
- Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, Lake Placid
- Florida Hospital Wauchula


UPDATE: Sept. 9, 2017, 3 p.m.

Volusia and Flagler counties:
Impact winds from Hurricane Irma are expected to arrive in Volusia and Flagler counties Sunday and are forecasted to extend through Monday.

In preparation for the storm's impact, the Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties have taken the following protective actions:

- Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach transferred 31 patients to Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach on Sept. 8. and the emergency department is closed. The 80-bed facility is located beachside on A1A and is positioned within a mandatory evacuation zone in Volusia County.

- Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach transferred approximately 50 patients to Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City on Sept. 8. The emergency department will close on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The 112-bed facility is located within a flood zone and is a few short blocks from the Intracoastal Waterway.

- Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach and the emergency departments are open for patients with medical emergencies.

It is important to note that the hospitals do not serve as hurricane shelters and community members are encouraged to either stay at a designated hurricane shelter or evacuate from the storm's impact zone.

Throughout Hurricane Irma, area residents will have free access to Florida Hospital eCare Urgent Care providers.

UPDATE: Sept. 9, 2017, 10:11 a.m.

Volusia and Flagler counties:
- Florida Hospital DeLand in DeLand, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast, and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach have not been evacuated and the emergency departments are open for patients with medical emergencies.

Tampa Bay, Highlands and Hardee counties:
- Florida Hospital Tampa is not a special needs shelter. Our hospitals are open and operational to help those who are critically ill. To find a special needs shelter, please click here: http://hillsborough.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/emergency-preparedness-and-response/special-needs-shelters/index.html


UPDATE: Sept. 8, 2017, 8:42 p.m.

Volusia and Flagler counties:
- Procedures, diagnostic testing and outpatient appointments scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been cancelled.

UPDATE: Sept. 8, 2017, 5:41 p.m.
Volusia and Flagler counties:

- Procedures, diagnostic testing and outpatient appointments scheduled for Monday have been cancelled.

- All stand-alone Florida Hospital outpatient facilities and physician offices will be closed on Monday.

Tampa Bay, Highlands and Hardee counties:

- Elective and non-emergent procedures have been cancelled from Saturday through Monday at Florida Hospital Carrollwood. The emergency room remains open and care will continue to be provided to all patients in the hospital.

- Florida Hospital Express Care Clinics at Walgreens will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

- Florida Hospital Carrollwood is not a designated public shelter. Please see the link below for a complete listing of Hillsborough County public shelters:

http://hillsboroughcounty.org/en/newsroom/2017/09/07/special-needs-and-general-shelters-to-open-ahead-of-irma

UPDATE: Sept. 8, 2017, 5 p.m.

Tampa Bay, Highlands and Hardee counties:
- All Florida Hospital Physician Group Practices will be closed Sept. 11.

- All Florida Hospital Express Care Clinics at Walgreens will be closed Sept. 10 and Sept. 11.

- Attention Highlands County residents. If you have special medical needs and are planning to evacuate from your home during the hurricane, please be advised about the Highlands County Special Needs shelter. This shelter is designed to help those concerned about losing power during the storm and maintaining their medical services. This special needs shelter is located at US Highway 27 and George Boulevard in south Sebring, north of the Watering Hole. For more information, please call Highlands County Emergency Management at 863-385-1112.

- Highlands County Shelters (PDF)

- Hardee County Shelters (PDF)

- For the safety of Florida hospital's staff and patients, some non-emergency hospital services will close at noon Friday and reopen Tuesday to resume normal operations. These services include physician offices, clinics, labs, imaging, wound care, and home health services.

- Highlands County has issued a voluntary evacuation order for residents who live in low areas or manufactured and mobile homes.

UPDATE: Sept. 8, 2017, 11 a.m.

Statewide:
- Centra Care locations will be closed Sunday and Monday.

- Patients can access urgent-care services on their phone or tablet through Florida Hospital's eCare app from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. until the storm subsides. This service, which is for minor injuries and conditions such as allergies, infections, cold and flu, will be offered free of charge through Tuesday, Sept. 12. The Florida Hospital eCare app can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store on iTunes.

Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties:
- Preparations have been under way at our hospitals for the last several days to secure the buildings and ensure that all our patients and staff will be safe and comfortable during the storm. Arrangements have been made for full staffing of physicians and nurses throughout the duration of the storm. Generators are on hand, and water, food, linens and other supplies have been stockpiled to last through the storm.

- Elective and non-emergent procedures have been cancelled from Saturday through Monday.

- Patients whom physicians deem ready for discharge will be discharged before the storm arrives. Of course, many of our patients will remain here under medical care during the storm. While we understand the desire for families to remain with their loved ones during this time, we strongly encourage visitors to consider the advice of emergency officials to stay off the roads and remain at home until the storm passes.

- As a reminder to the public, hospitals are not designated storm shelters. Hospital facilities, including parking garages, are not open to the public, and are reserved for the use of patients and employees only.

- Florida Radiology Imagining locations will be closed Sunday and Monday.

- Florida Hospital Medical Group physician offices will be closed Saturday through Monday.

Volusia and Flagler counties:
- Patients are being evacuated from Florida Hospital New Smyrna and Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach on A1A. Florida Hospital Oceanside will evacuate 31 patients to Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach today. The emergency department at this facility is also expected to close, however the exact time has not yet been determined. Florida Hospital New Smyrna will evacuate approximately 50 patients to Florida Hospital DeLand and Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City today. The hospital will be closed and the emergency department at this facility will be closed to patients as of noon on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Tampa Bay:
- The Health & Wellness Center of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will close at 5 p.m., Sept. 8 and will remain closed through Monday.