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Services Restored after Fire at Swedish/Edmonds

Rapid round-the-clock efforts allow Swedish/Edmonds to restore all services after a fire in electrical room knocked out power to some parts of the hospital

 

Edmonds, Wash. — November 27, 2013 — Swedish/Edmonds today restored the last of services that were knocked out due to a fire in the hospital’s electrical room on November 21. The fire was under control within 30 minutes from when firefighters arrived and none of them were injured. One employee and two contractors were evaluated and treated for smoke inhalation that evening.

The fire damaged the main electrical lines preventing back-up power from reaching parts of the hospital. Immediately after the fire was extinguished, 40 percent of the facility had power. Today, 95 percent of the hospital has electricity. Swedish/Edmonds continues to run 14 commercial generators.

“We are very fortunate that the response was swift and organized which allowed services to be restored safely and so quickly,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish/Edmonds. “Fortunately, we only needed to move 35-40 patients to other parts of the hospital at the time of the fire. The entire Edmonds team did a remarkable job. During the incident, 11 emergency room patients were transferred to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett and one OB patient in labor was transported to Swedish/Ballard.”

The emergency department never closed but patients transported by ambulance were diverted to other facilities through Saturday evening.

Swedish/Edmonds Fire Response

On Thursday, November 21, the Swedish/Edmonds campus experienced a fire isolated in a lower-level, mechanical room at or about 7 PM. 

No injuries are reported. Swedish/Edmonds medical staff and emergency personnel have acted quickly to ensure the safety of all patients and medical staff.

There is smoke damage at the hospital, resulting in a partial patient evacuation, with transfers expected to both Swedish/Ballard and Providence Everett facilities.  We have confirmed that 11 patients from the Swedish/Edmonds Emergency Department have been transferred to Providence Everett, and 1 OB patient to Swedish/Ballard.

We are currently still confirming if additional patient transfers will be necessary. Current power outages in the hospital are not affecting patient safety.

(11/22/13 7:30 AM) Update: The majority of Swedish Edmonds is running on power. A portion of the hospital is currently without power. Patient safety is not affected at this time. Hospital staff and leaders continue to work quickly to restore power to all parts of the Swedish/Edmonds campus.

Click here to read a release from Snohomish County Fire District 1.

(11/22/13 9:20 AM) Update: The Emergency Department is open. Patients and families who have questions about patients or any scheduled procedures for today (November 22) should first contact Swedish/Edmonds main switchboard at 425-640-4000.

(11/22/13 7:35 PM) Update: Additional generator capacity at Swedish/Edmonds is in place and being gradually brought online to address the areas of the hospital currently without power. Site managers continue to prioritize patient care and services as they allocate power to meet Swedish/Edmonds needs.

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