Augusta Health Reviewing Response Plan After Power Outage
Augusta Health experienced a power outage that lasted for about 40 minutes Friday night.
Augusta Health is reviewing its emergency response after a lightning strike knocked out all power to the Fishersville facility Friday night. Hospital staff and patients were in the dark for more than half an hour.
"It's ironic that this is Nurses' Week and we've had multiple celebrations and we gave a every nurse a small flashlight as a gift, not as an omen for what was to come," said Dianne Moody, administrative director of nursing for Augusta Health.
Those flashlights came in handy Friday night.
"We experienced an interruption of power," said Bruce Hall, chief information officer for Augusta Health. "We think it was caused by a lightning strike. It was during a thunderstorm so that's a natural conclusion."
The storms knocked out power to the hospital around 10:30 p.m. Normally, the facility would rely on its generators - but those quickly went down too, leaving patients and staff in the dark for about 40 minutes.
"The biggest challenge was maintaining calm," Moody said.
Augusta Health says its staff was able to overcome the challenge and kick its emergency plan into action.
"Our equipment is on battery back-up and all of our equipment went onto battery mode and we were able to continue to provide care," Moody said. "But when it did stretch past 30 minutes, we had to switch over to portable equipment and after that time, it came back on."
The hospital says it's these kinds of preparations and procedures that kept everyone safe.
"Something that happens as a result of this kind of a challenge is it brings your team together and makes them very close, and you'll see a lot of smiles in the organization today," Hall said.
Augusta Health says patients were not in danger during the power outage.
Hospital administrators plan to do an in-depth analysis of the situation on Monday.
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