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Emergency Department ReOpens at MedWest Haywood

The Emergency Department at MedWest Haywood reopened for patient care today, less than two weeks after an electrical fire resulted in relocation of all patients in the main hospital. The reopening is  slightly ahead of a projected early July date, and comes after successfully completing review and approval by technical and governmental agencies, including the North Carolina Department of Health Service Regulation.

 

Carolinas MED-1 will remain onsite in a supporting role for a short period of time while the Emergency Department transition is completed.

 

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

 

The MedWest Haywood team is working with an 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.

 

Working with its insurance carrier MedWest Haywood has been able to ensure all employees a continuation of benefits and payroll during this recovery time.

 

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.

Fire Repairs at Med West Haywood

After small electrical fire at Med West Haywood last Thursday evening, there has been a great deal of work going on behind the scenes to not only determine the cause of the electrical failure but also determine what steps will be needed to reopen the hospital to patient care. The question on everyone’s mind is when Med West Haywood will re-open.

The timeline to reopen is still tentative, but Med West is hoping to reopen the hospital to patient care in a matter of weeks. Some rumors circulating have projected it could be months.

The hospital is taking a number of important steps before they can re-open, including verifying the safety and dependability of power systems, assessing the medical equipment and devices, and the inspection of the hospital and systems by the Department of Healthcare Services Review and other agencies.. Based on current information MedWest Haywood believes they may  be able to re-open services located in the main hospital such as the Emergency Department, and administration offices in early July.  Other sections of the hospital including inpatient services could be active at the end of July. It is possible that technical and governmental approvals may cause this timeline to shift so for now it is a waiting game for Med West Haywood. Med West has said the fire will not affect the hospital’s sale to Duke Life Point which is expected to close by the end of July.

 

Local Restaurant Temporarily Closed Due to Electrical Fire Scare

McDonalds on Skyland Drive

McDonalds on Skyland Drive

McDonalds, located at 39 Skyland Drive in Sylva, experienced an electrical malfunction that resulted in the closing of its doors for several hours today. McDonalds officials stated that, just before lunch time, a circuit breaker failed resulting in a few sparks and a burnt odor. Management immediately closed the facility in case the malfunction resulted in an electrical fire. They claim that at no time was there an open flame or fire present. For several hours they remained closed until electrical technicians and inspectors could fix and inspect all equipment. After being told the building was safe for customers once again, they reopened their doors around 6:30p.m.