DeTar Hospital Navarro was forced to severely limit its services and evacuate many of its patients from the hospital after Harvey. The hospital,
Air conditioning was only functional in the hospital's emergency and nuclear medicine departments after the water supply was shut off, said
"When we lost the city water supply, it really heightened the awareness of the need to be self-contained from a water standpoint," DeTar's CEO
Malaer said losing air conditioning was the hospital's main impetus to evacuate non-critical patients. The hospital evacuated about 60 patients after the storm hit.
"It was actually when the city lost water, that was the determining factor (in deciding to evacuate)," he said.
After the hurricane passed through, the hospital only accepted patients experiencing medical emergencies.
DeTar Hospital North,
Hospital officials decided that adding a water well was a critical investment the hospital needed after Harvey.
In hospitals, air conditioning isn't just a matter for comfort amid
"You have your dressings and your instruments and, really, from a sterility standpoint, you have to monitor the humidity and the temp in there daily," Malaer said. "We want to keep them within a certain acceptable range, and that's where the importance of having conditioned air is."
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Drilling for the well began Wednesday, and the well will likely be operational by the end of July or early August. The well will be 220 feet deep and will be able to store enough water to cool the hospital for three or four days.
Malaer declined to say how much the hospital paid to build the new well.
Although most of
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