Indiana's Columbus Regional Hospital remains closed after flooding - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Indiana's Columbus Regional Hospital remains closed after flooding

Some Indiana flood victims have to go even further to get emergency medical care.  Columbus Regional Hospital remains closed and the cleanup effort could take months.

Pharmacy technician Kristian Morland tells Fox 41's Bennett Haeberle, "It was really kind of humbling.  You walk through the hallways and there are patients and people and now there is nothing but lots of damage."

In the dark hallways of the Columbus Regional Hospital, there is still no electricity.  Large plastic tubes are working to pump out the hot air, but it still feels like a suana for nurses who spent the day hauling shelves instead of tending to patients.

Morland explains, "I've been clearing out meds getting them ready to send back because, of course, all of our meds are a loss."

After last week's flood, there was fear among employees about layoffs.  But the hospital has agreed to pay its 1700 employees while it remains closed.

Denise Glesing, Hospital spokeswoman, says, "Our basement was entirely flooded and we consider our basement a total loss."

Mud, flood water, bags of medical waste, syringes, medications, it's all part of what has been pulled out of the hospital's basement.  The force of the water was so great last week it has pushed a dumpster up on top of a rail.  Along with building materials, supplies from the pharmacy, computers, and other items, it's estimated to be $25 million worth of damages."

The basement housed many of the hospital's critical support functions, including the pharmacy, laboratory, medical records, food, and kitchen."

The cost in damages is expected to grow.  The silver lining is that hospital staff was able to safely remove 157 patients last week during a critical time of the floods.

Hospital administrators are hoping to open up the emergency department in 6-8 weeks.  As for the rest of the hospital, there is no timeline.  It's a dramatic step backwards for the hospital that has not closed its doors in 91 years.

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