Patients transferred due to power outage

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UPDATE: According to the Metroplex Adventist Hospital, the power is back up and running as of Sunday. 

Right  now the departments are still assessing areas and equipment therefore patients are still at the other facilities. 

However, the walk-in patients are treated at the Emergency Room. 

Original story:

The Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen says it had to transfer 41 patients to two other area hospitals Saturday due to a power outage. 

The two other hospitals are Baylor Scott & White in Temple and Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas. 

No one was injured according to the hospital and patients are expected to return Sunday. 

The third hospital on standby was Seton Hospital in Harker Heights, but it was not needed. 

Erin Riley, the spokesperson for Metroplex Hospital says a possible cause for this power outage is a lightning strike.  

She says, “Our first and foremost priority is to keep our patients safe and to make sure that they get the best care that we can possibly give them.” 

According to Riley, the power went out early morning and forced the facility to operate only critical units on emergency power. 
One of those critical units – emergency room. 

Riley says, “Our ER is on EMS divert – meaning if somebody is coming by ambulance, they wil go to a different hospital, but if somebody is having an emergency and needs to come in, we will treat them here.” 

She says the electricians installed new generators for now to take over from the emergency power supply.

Riley says, “As they repair the circuit boards then we will slowly come off the generators and go back to our main power supply.” 

Riley credits first responders in the area for their quick help with the transfer of patients. 

She says, “Our transfer went fairly smooth because we had the help that we needed.” 

As far as Rollins Brook Hospital goes, their spokesperson is also Erin Riley. 

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