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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

“Apocalyptic Going Out”: Evista Hospital Staff Describe Evacuations During Martial Fire

Medical staff – and a patient – were walking hand in hand, each carrying a baby from the neonatal intensive care unit, down the stairs and out toward the waiting ambulance.

They were evacuating Centura-Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville on December 30 as winds blew Marshall’s fire toward the hospital. The group decided to take the stairs out of the hospital, considering the elevator ride too risky.

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NICU nurse Alison Brown takes a picture of herself and her baby while boarding an ambulance on the way to St Anthony North Hospital in Westminster.

“It was really meant as a timestamp, like anything but, ‘This is me and this is who I’m with and we’ve made it this far,'” Brown said. my life.”

Provided by Centura-Avista Adventist Hospital

As Marshall fire threatens Centura-Avista Adventist Hospital, NICU nurse Alison Brown photographs herself holding a baby as she is evacuated by ambulance at St Anthony North Hospital in Westminster on December 30, 2021.

In a span of about three hours, the hospital evacuated 51 patients that day – 21 went home and another two at Centura hospitals: 25 St. Anthony North and five Longmont United – as well as 100 staff members, according to a hospital spokesperson. The flames came within feet of the liquid oxygen tank on the hospital’s west side, but the hospital eventually stood. Still, extensive smoke damage has put it off indefinitely as crews work to decontaminate and clean up the consequences.

The hospital’s CEO, Isaac Sandros, was on his way to the mountains with his family and had gone to the Netherlands when he heard that Avista was on fire, so he turned quickly. Strong winds were of particular concern.

Sandros, who worked in Florida, had a habit of preparing hospitals for hurricanes, but in those situations, you have a lot more time to plan. When he arrived in Avista that afternoon, he went straight to the emergency room department and saw a queue of patients getting ready to be transported.

Everything was moving fast. Patients were being transferred per protocol, but on a much larger scale. The COVID patients on ventilators were to be looked after by people who were wearing the right protective equipment. One mother was in mid-delivery.

By the time Sandros himself left, he said the neighborhood was in flames, the fire had jumped across the street and engulfed fields near the front parking lot, with smoldering trees.

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