Hudson hospital reopens after losing power

The facility was closed last week due to an electrical fire.

"I seen the lights are going on and off on and off," said 65-year-old Tom Rabuano, who had just been ran over by a car, had surgery on two smashed legs and injured his shoulder, an emergency evacuation of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point last Wednesday seemed like nothing.

"Didn't bother me at all, extraordinary times everybody's got to do extraordinary things," Rabuano said.

When lightning hit, causing a fire, more than 200 patients had to evacuate to other Bay area hospitals. 
Rabuano was sent to Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill

"The electrical engineers are working on everything at this point to see if there is anything that we can learn, but we've been re-established to emergency power and to full power," said Shane George, CEO Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

The state inspected the power grid and backup power systems and gave the ok to reopen at 7am Tuesday morning.

"Best thing we've learned is we have fantastic staff," said George.

The chief medical officer tells 10News WTSP in the 30 years he's been here he's never seen anything like the evacuation that took place. He says the true heroes are the first responders that evacuated patients in the dark down three flights of stairs on hand held backboards.

Rabuano said, "It was something else going down those stairs being carried on a hard board."

Rabuano arrived back to the hospital around 11 a.m. Tuesday and says he was confident with the care he received during the evacuation.

"Oh yeah the whole time," said Rabuano.

He says he has one more stop.

I just want to get home. Ha ha," said Rabuano.

And begin his long recovery.

The hospital says the evacuations cost in the millions of dollars, but patients won't be charged for any of it.


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