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Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital to reopen Tuesday

Photo by ABC7 News from the patient evacuation last week Wednesday.
Photo by ABC7 News from the patient evacuation last week Wednesday.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital will be reopening on Tuesday after it was closed for almost a week due to flooding and power outages from last week’s storms.

The hospital has been closed since last Wednesday following flooding in its basement that caused a power outage. They evacuated 93 patients and transported them by ambulance to area hospitals throughout the Chicago area.

Officials from the Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital said in a statement that they will resume clinical operations in all parts of the hospital including the emergency department on Tuesday at 5:00 a.m..

The hospital underwent two inspections that took several days to complete. The first was a health inspection that examined sanitary concerns and the second one was a life safety inspection which examined the physical building.

Both inspections were passed according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said that the patients who were previously evacuated from the hospital will not be transferred back.

“Throughout the reactivation process, our top priority has been to ensure a safe environment for both patients and staff. We are grateful for the collaboration and support of our many partners, colleagues and regulatory agencies. We look forward to continuing to serve our patients,” the hospital said.

Patients should direct any questions regarding their appointments to their providers, according to a Northwestern Medicine statement.

Photo posted on Lake & McHenry County Scanner Facebook page by John E Suhling.
Photo of the flooding in the basement of the new hospital posted on Lake & McHenry County Scanner Facebook page by John E Suhling.

 


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