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Livingston HealthCare patients and staff are safe after being evacuated amid flooding

All Livingston HealthCare patients and staff are safe after rising flood waters Monday prompted the evacuation of the hospital.

Livingston HealthCare’s building is undamaged, but when floodwaters submerged its driveway Monday, hospital officials determined there was no safe way to enter or exit the facility.

“The past 24 hours have been crazy, to be honest,” said hospital spokesperson Lindsey Pennell.

The hospital had its Incident Command team quickly develop a plan to transfer its eight patients to Pioneer Medical Center in Big Timber, Pennell said. Both hospitals are considered Critical Access Hospitals for the state. It took about an hour to successfully complete the handoff.

Pennell says Livingston HealthCare appreciates Pioneer Medical Center’s help, adding hospitals learned important lessons during the height of the COVID pandemic.

“We have learned how to respond to these unknown situations," she said. "We respond as a community, as a hospital, with kindness and swiftness and innovation."

Livingston HealthCare says it will reopen only when officials are certain they can safely do so.
Details of alternate walk-in or emergency services can be found on Livingston HealthCare’s Facebook page.

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Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.