August 16, 2003 - A fire yesterday morning at the Central Utilities Plant at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital temporarily shut down air conditioning in some parts of the hospital and resulted in some patient diversions.
As of today, the hospital is functioning normally and has been off diversion status since yesterday afternoon. Portable chilling units have been brought in and hospital temperatures at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital as well as The Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters are running between 72 degrees and 76 degrees.
It is anticipated that air conditioning at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital will be back to 75 percent operation later this evening and 100 percent by Sunday.
August 15, 2003 - A fire this morning at the Central Utilities Plant at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital has temporarily shut down air conditioning in some parts of the hospital. The shutdown resulting from the fire at the plant knocked out all air-conditioning at the hospital, however electricity and other power is up and functioning as usual. Air conditioning to the Kaufman building, operating rooms, emergency department and most medical/surgical beds has been restored. Portable air conditioning units and fans are being supplied for the rest of the hospital.
Non-trauma surgery and non-emergent OB cases are temporarily being diverted to Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and Sentara Bayside Hospital. It is anticipated that Sentara Norfolk General Hospital will be back to 75 percent operation on Saturday and 100 percent by Sunday.
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital staff is working closely with patients to make sure that they are as comfortable as possible. We sincerely appreciate the professional manner in which they have handled this emergency. Unfortunately, one employee was injured at the time of the shutdown. Thankfully, he is in good condition and doing well.