MeritCare Soon Returning to Normal Operations
– MeritCare is extending its clinic hours and surgery schedules so that patients do not have to wait too long to have their canceled appointments, treatments or surgeries rescheduled.
– MeritCare will call patients to reschedule appointment, treatments and surgeries.
Today, Monday, March 30, 2009, MeritCare began gradually admitting patients to its downtown hospital – these were patients that came to MeritCare's emergency center that were treated and/or stabilized and then admitted to the hospital. (On Saturday, March 28, MeritCare's walk-in clinics cared for 266 people.)
Throughout the flood emergency, two things have been clear: MeritCare patients' need for care and MeritCare's staff and doctors' dedication. Dr. Bruce Pitts, MeritCare executive vice president, clinical services, and incident commander for the flood emergency, said "Evacuating both our hospital locations was a difficult decision, but we firmly believe that we made the best choice to ensure that our patients, staff and community were safe. We've continued to serve patients throughout the flood crisis in our emergency center, walk-in clinics, family birth center and through many other services."
MeritCare extends heartfelt thanks to its partners in the community – hospitals in the region, news media, F-M Ambulance and all regional ambulance services, city and county officials, Minnesota Department of Health, North Dakota Department of Health, Governor Hoeven, FEMA, American Red Cross and the North Dakota National Guard.