Nearly 150 of Grady’s 700 patients have been transferred to other hospitals due to the damage, Simpson said.
“As of Sunday afternoon, transfers continue to metro area facilities who have stepped up to continue to provide outstanding care to our patients,” Simpson said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution tried unsuccessfully to reach area hospitals for more details on where patients are being redirected for medical treatment and how taking on additional patients, especially those seeking emergency treatment, might affect care and capacity at the receiving hospitals.
After assessing the damage, Grady estimates that repairs will be completed by Wednesday.
“Until that time,” Simpson said, “Grady remains on ‘total diversion’ and all elective procedures have been canceled.”
The “total diversion” designation means paramedics are being asked to take patients with emergencies to other hospitals, she said. Guest visitation is also restricted while crews work to repair the damaged pipe.
“We will frequently reassess our ability to resume normal operations,” Simpson said.