The emergency department at the Memorial Hospital in South Bend is diverting ambulances to other hospitals, including Elkhart General Hospital and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Friday, May 16, due to a major power outage.
The hospital is one of several places in the downtown South Bend area affected by the outage, which began Thursday night, May 16, by a fire underground in a manhole.
According to a news release from Memorial Hospital, all patients are safe and receiving care with no disruption in services. Emergency generators are in place, and they have a command center in full operation.
Patients arriving at Memorial’s emergency room will be treated, according to the release.
Memorial staff are asked to report as expected, and visitors are welcome to come to the hospital. All physician offices on the campus are closed, and outpatient procedures will be rescheduled. The Memorial Regional Cancer Center location is also closed, according to the press release.
Robert Sisk, public relations manager at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, said in a press release that as of 10 a.m. Friday, the hospital has received and treated 14 patients who were diverted from Memorial Hospital.
"We will continue to work with Memorial to ensure vital healthcare services remain accessible to the community,“ Sisk said in a statement.
The hospital and the Saint Joseph Physician Network were not affected by the power outage, and patient services will continue uninterrupted, according to the news release.