TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. – AdventHealth North Pinellas is evacuating the hospital and relocating patients ahead of Hurricane Idalia.
Tropical Storm Idalia intensified and became a hurricane on Tuesday. This intensification indicated a significant increase in its wind speeds and overall strength.
“The safety of our patients, team members and community is our top priority at AdventHealth North Pinellas. We have been in constant communication with state and local emergency management teams throughout our preparation for Hurricane Idalia,” said AdventHealth.
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“Given our location and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, along with the projected storm surge of 5-7 feet and mandatory evacuation orders, we are evacuating our AdventHealth North Pinellas hospital in Tarpon Springs out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our patients, visitors and team members.
“We have canceled and will reschedule all elective procedures (including surgeries, imaging, rehab, Cath Lab, endoscopies, and any other elective department procedures) taking place this week. We are safely relocating more than 60 patients to other AdventHealth hospitals in the region by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2023,” said AdventHealth.
The AdventHealth North Pinellas Hospital ER will remain open until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29, and the AdventHealth ER in Palm Harbor will remain open indefinitely.
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