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.