(Updated at 10:15 p.m.) LAKE FOREST — Power was restored to Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital at approximately 8:45 p.m. July 12 after the facility was evacuated in the late afternoon because of the power failure, according to an email from a hospital spokesperson.
The spokesperson said 70 patients were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and other local facilities. Lake Forest Hospital will be closed for clinical operations July 13.
“Our primary goal is to assure the safety of our patients and staff,” the spokesperson said in the email. “We continue to work closely with ComEd and other local facilities.
(Earlier at 6:30 p.m.) LAKE FOREST — A power failure at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital July 12 is forcing the evacuation of the facility, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Overnight flooding on the campus and road closures in the area resulted in power losses in parts of the hospital and medical office buildings on the Lake Forest campus.
“We are transferring patients to nearby facilities until power can be restored,” the hospital said in a statement on its website. “Hospital staff is working closely with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Lake Forest Fire Department and other hospitals to ensure patient safety during this transition.”
Radiation Oncology has been closed all day, with patients being accommodated at other Northwestern Medicine facilities, according to the hospital’s website. GI/endoscopy and elective surgical cases are being redirected to the Grayslake Outpatient Center.
The three medical office buildings as well as the health and fitness center have been closed all day, according to the website. All Northwestern Medical Group appointments for the day including those at the Hunter Family Pavilion were cancelled for the day as well as rehabilitation and infusion visits.
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