Posted November 12, 2019 08:48:11The Camden, New Jersey, hospital that has been closed for nearly three weeks because of a major medical emergency is now open for patients, with more than 30 beds available for surgery.
Emergency room doctors are continuing to work at the hospital while staffs in the neonatal intensive care unit have resumed normal operations, said Dr. Michael Lasky, director of emergency medicine at the New Jersey Hospital Association.
The hospital will open for surgeries at about 5:30 p.m.
“We’re working on the ability to open up to the general public, which we anticipate will happen around 4:30 to 5:00 p.k.,” said Lask, who was at the site Tuesday night.
“We are hoping to open as early as Friday morning.”
Clinic staff members were at the Camden emergency room Wednesday to prepare for the surgery.
Lask said some of the surgeries were performed without anesthesia.
“This is a big, big deal,” said Lalk, adding that he expects about 200 people to come to the hospital for the operation.
“This is the first time I’ve seen that many people, and it’s going to be a really, really big deal.”
The Camden Hospital Association, the state’s largest medical organization, is coordinating a plan to reopen the emergency room as soon as possible.
Lalk said he hopes the facility will be open within the next two weeks.
“The first thing that needs to happen is we need to get all the facilities open so we can do everything we can to reopen as quickly as possible,” he said.
“I know that Camden is a small community, and this is a very small community.
It’s a really hard community.
We’re going to have to be prepared.”
In a news release, the hospital said the facility was still undergoing routine maintenance.
It said it will continue to operate at a limited capacity through the holidays.
More: The Camden hospital’s operating room was closed last week because of an emergency, but Lask says it will reopen Friday, possibly at 4:15 p.d.
Staff at the Lincoln Children’s Hospital will remain open during the holidays, the association said.
Lask said he did not have details about when or where patients may be admitted for surgeries.
Lisk said it was not clear whether the Lincoln Hospital would have to shut down temporarily because of the coronavirus outbreak.
“They’re operating at a very high capacity right now,” he told NJ Advance Media.
“So we do anticipate that we’ll have some kind of capacity available.”
Lask stressed that patients and staff will continue working in the emergency department and the operating room, and said he was optimistic that the hospital would reopen before the end of the holiday weekend.
The Camden hospital has seen an influx of patients since the outbreak began in late December, with a total of 3,300 patients and 1,800 staff members receiving treatment in January.
The outbreak affected hospitals in New Jersey and New York City, but not in New York, the second largest U.S. city.