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St. Elizabeth Community Hospital the only emergency provider in Red Bluff during shutoff

St. Elizabeth Community Hospital is getting by during the PG&E shut off by using a generator, but the hospital says the outage has limited its services.

Posted: Oct 10, 2019 6:36 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2019 7:03 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - St. Elizabeth Community Hospital is getting by during the PG&E shut off by using a generator, but the hospital says the outage has limited its services. 

The hospital on Sister Mary Columba Drive in south Red Bluff depends on the power to do services like performing an X-ray. 

Hospital representatives say not all their machines can be turned on since some need more power than others, something they can't rely on the generator to power. 

The means fewer walk-ins for the imaging center and closing at least three other clinics such as the Wound Center, Women's Health Center and the Infusion Center.

St. Elizabeth Community Center says they have contacted the patients to those three clinics to reschedule. 

The hospital says they have enough power in their generators but they didn't say how many days they can last.

Kristin Behrens from St. Elizabeth Community Hospital says their trauma centers are fully functional and they haven't had to transfer anybody to Enloe Medical Center in Chico or to Mercy Medical Center in Redding.

Action News Now asked if the hospital received anybody within their facility because they were out of power, they said if they did then it would be less than two patients.

Behrens said the hospital always has a backup plan in case the outage continues and or if generators run out of power. 

The hospital runs 24 hours, seven days a week in south Red Bluff.

The hospital suggests people not to come to their emergency room if their insulin or medication goes bad, instead, people should visit one of their clinics in Cottonwood or Corning.

It also applies to people who need to charge their medical devices. 

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