MedWest-Haywood emergency department reopens

Opening date still unknown for main hospital
By DeeAnna Haney | Jun 30, 2014

CLYDE — MedWest-Haywood reopened its emergency department Monday morning for patient care less than two weeks after an electrical fire resulted in relocation of patients in the main hospital.

This is slightly ahead of a projected early July reopening, and comes after successfully completing review and approval by technical and governmental agencies, including the North Carolina Department of Health Service Regulation (DHSR).

The main hospital remains closed.

The hospital brought in a mobile emergency department called Carolinas MED-1 for all walk-in emergencies. The mobile department will remain onsite in a supporting role for a short period of time while the emergency department transition is completed, according to the press release.

"MedWest Haywood nears completion of the short-term recovery phase, which also includes opening other departments such as our business offices. It is expected that all inpatient services will be reopened by mid- late July," said Christina Deidesheimer, a hospital spokesperson.

During the closure, hospital employees have continued to be paid, Deidesheimer said. That's possible because the MedWest-Haywood not only has insurance to cover the damage sustained during a recent fire that disabled the facility's electrical system, but insurance to cover loss of revenue during periods such as this.

"Some staff have been assigned other duties such as staffing the check-in tent for contractors, or giving parking directions to those entering our campus. No staff member has been assigned to an alternative work assignment for which they are not qualified, certified, and competent," Deidesheimer said.

As for the main hospital, it will reopen, she emphasized, within a matter of weeks rather than months.

"The MedWest Haywood team is working hard in concert with our electrical engineering firm who is leading the charge and is supported by several local firms, Carolinas HealthCare System and other partners, on a very methodical process to get MedWest Haywood up and running as quickly as possible," Deidesheimer said.

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.

“We can’t thank everyone in the community enough for their support,” said MedWest Haywood president and CEO Janie Sinacore-Jaberg. “We have experienced a wonderful outpouring of concern and many offers of help; it has been very heartwarming. We are very pleased with how the recovery process has proceeded and we look forward to reopening all services in our main hospital very shortly.”


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