Wed February 2, 2011
Hospitals, Clinics Keep Appointments Despite Power Outages
Power generators kicked on as they were supposed to at Seton Medical Center Williamson and the Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital, according to spokesperson Matilda Sanchez. Both hospitals are fully functioning.
Austin Regional Clinic, which operates eighteen clinics across Central Texas, has been affected by the rolling outages but is asking patients to keep their appointments.
"This has happened to us before," Austin Regional Clinic spokesperson Heidi Shalev told KUT News. "It's happened to us in the summertime. It's happened to us in the wintertime, so we do have protocols in place for when we do not have power how to practice with our patients."
"We have flashlights. We have windows. We have natural light coming in. We might be a little delayed, but we are seeing our patients," Shalev said.
Shalev said Austin Regional Clinic's main data office is running on a generator, so their computer systems are running.
Updated at 2:04 pm: Saint David's Healthcare also says its operations were not affected by rolling power outages. Its backup generators came online as they were supposed to. Saint David's chief medical officer Steve Berkowitz told KUT News they routinely test the generators for just this kind of situation.