Hospital still aiming for mid-July reopening

Jul 08, 2014

MedWest Haywood is still aiming for a mid-July opening of the main hospital for inpatient care following an electrical fire in June.

Despite the closure, the emergency department treated and transferred 180 patients during the busy Fourth of July weekend, according to a press release from Christina Deidesheimer, directors of strategy and marketing for the hospital. The emergency department reopened for patient care on June 30 after about a week of treating emergency patients in a mobile unit.

It is still expected that it will be a couple of weeks until the hospital reopens fully.

"MedWest Haywood will issue updates to keep the community informed about any unexpected shift in timeline as the rapid recovery continues," said the press release.

For non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, the community is reminded that MedWest Haywood operates two Urgent Care Centers; one on Hazelwood Avenue in Waynesville and one at exit 31 off I-40 in Canton. The Urgent Care Centers operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

In addition to services such as outpatient imaging, lab, registration, patient financial advocates, and internal support departments such as pharmacy, materials management, housekeeping, security, and business offices, other services such as wound care, diabetes education, ambulatory infusion and joint and spine patient education returned to the main hospital. This comes after successfully completing review and approval by technical and governmental agencies, including the North Carolina Department of Health Service Regulation (DHSR).

All other MedWest Haywood facilities including The Outpatient Care Center, The Health & Fitness Center, all related physician practices, the Home Health and Hospice and Urgent Care Centers, have remained fully operational throughout this incident. Other services still operational include cardiopulmonary rehab, all outpatient rehab services, occupational health, and others.

“We are moving along at a rapid, but methodical pace,” said MedWest Haywood President and CEO Janie Sinacore-Jaberg. “As I have said, we aren’t going to rush this. Safe patient care is always our highest priority, so we are doing everything correctly, in a very organized manner, and in concert with our internal teams as well as external agencies.”

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