MeritCare Flood Update

Throughout the flood, patient safety has remained MeritCare's top priority and will continue to be as preparations are made for a second flood crest. All our decision are based on what is best for our patients.

Throughout the flood, patient safety has remained MeritCare's top priority and will continue to be as preparations are made for a second flood crest. All our decision are based on what is best for our patients.

We are proud of MeritCare doctors, staff, and the many partners who helped us successfully evacuate, hospitals, EMS, flight crews, government leaders - the evacuation went very smoothly. What we estimated would take over 24 hours, actually took just over 6.

We have confidence in the additional flood protection efforts made by the cities of Fargo and Moorhead and MeritCare. We highly doubt another evacuation will be necessary, but if we think patient safety is at risk, we know we are well-prepared to do what is best for patients.

Because we have confidence in the flood protection efforts made by the city and MeritCare, all Fargo hospital and clinic operations across the region will continue operations as scheduled this week. Even with the lower crest prediction, MeritCare will continue its plan to protect facilities to 44 feet. We are back to normal operations at all our locations, Fargo hospitals census is now running just below our average of 380 patients per day.

We are a regional health system and so these past few days we have been very busy at our Valley City Clinic. Our clinic is connected to Mercy Hospital and both the clinic and hospital now have an emergency dike to protect them. We continue to provide support in Valley City and we are monitoring the situation there closely. The MeritCare Valley City Clinic remains open.