Neb. hospital suffers water, hail damage in storm outbreak; emergency room patients moved

From The Republic:

A Norfolk hospital has sustained major water and hail damage during Saturday’s outbreak of severe weather.

A statement from the hospital says water seeped under the outside doors of Faith Regional Health Services’ emergency department, causing 4 feet of water to fill the halls and rooms of the department. The hospital was treating patients in the emergency department at the time of the flooding, about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and transferred them to unaffected parts of building.

Training Advanced Practice Providers for Service in the ED

From Roanoke:

Carilion Clinic will begin a new educational program focused on training physician assistants and nurse practitioners in emergency medicine.

The one-year fellowship program was developed to help meet a growing need for specially trained mid-level providers to treat emergency department patients, said Kim Roe, senior director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Carilion Clinic.

The need for the training is also indicative of the trend toward hiring nurse practitioners and physician assistants to help meet patient need without relying on doctors. In recent years health policy experts have said physician assistants and nurse practitioners will play an increasing role in treating people, especially in rural and underserved regions of the country.

Creston, IA Hospital Damaged by Storm

From CNN:

A possible tornado struck a hospital Saturday evening in Creston, Iowa, according to a dispatcher with the Union County Sheriff’s Department. A search-and-rescue operation was under way.

“We have been hit. We are triaging and moving patients,” a spokeswoman at Greater Regional Medical Center in the south-central Iowa city confirmed.

City Council member Randy White told CNN he was aware of no serious injuries. “A lot of windows have been broken out and some cars have been flipped over. We can’t see a lot right now because the power is out.”

A temporary hospital was set up at Southwestern Community College, White said.