On the morning of November 5, the alarm sounded at St. Peter’s Hospital when a fire broke out in the south wing.
Fire fighters quickly arrived to battle the blaze as staff, physicians and managers evacuated patients. While the fire was contained and no one was injured, the smoke damage was extensive. This resulted in the temporary transfer of 96 patients to other hospitals and care facilities in the region. In some cases, staff accompanied patients.
Hospital staff go above and beyond
“On behalf of the leadership team at St. Peter’s Hospital, I thank all of our wonderful staff for their amazing dedication and hard work,” says Dr. Richard Seeley, Chief of Complex Care, Aging and Palliative Care.
The process of bringing patients back from their temporary locations began in late November and all patients returned to the Hospital by mid-December, in time for the annual Festival of Lights.
“What impressed us the most was the ability of our staff and first responders to work together to help our patients,” says Dr. Seeley. “Thanks to their efforts, no one was injured or suffered unnecessarily during this time. You are all heroes and we thank you very much. “
You are making a difference
Thank you to donors for supporting St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation. Your support is especially important at this time as St. Peter’s Hospital continues to recover from the fire. Together we can lay the foundation for a wonderful year to come.