Hospital in Upper Keys reopens after hurricane damage

September 28, 2017

Mariners Hospital in the Upper Keys has reopened after suffering  hurricane damage, according to an article on the Miami Herald website.

The small community healthcare facility in Tavernier evacuated its patients ahead of Irma and the hospital’s first floor was flooded. Workers dried out the hospital’s first floor and the 25-bed hospital’s emergency room before the rest of the facility opened to patients.

One group affected by the storm that hasn’t received much attention are hospital workers, the article said. At Mariners, most of the staff lives in the Keys.

“They have been very significantly impacted,” said Wayne Brackin, chief operating officer for Baptist Health South Florida, which owns the facility. “The extent of that is not going to be known for a while. They were evacuated and they’re steadily coming back and they’re finding all kinds of circumstances. Some of their houses have been completely destroyed and some of them are intact.”

Read the article.



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