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Some Services Back At Sts. Mary and Elizabeth

Some services are resuming at flood-ravaged Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in southLouisville.Officials say the hospital's Sleep Center, Wound Healing Center and Frazier Rehab facility are back open, and the outpatient surgery center is scheduled to re-open on Monday.Dozens of patients were evacuated to other hospitals on Tuesday when Saints Mary and Elizabeth was overtaken by flood waters.Hospital President and CEO Tom Gessell says the next goal is to have the emergency department up and running, as well as the laboratory and radiology department.Here's a portion of a press release from the hospital that contains some new phone numbers for information:Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (SMEH) officials are optimistic about opening additional services at the hospital for the more than 177,000 people in south Louisville. As damages are assessed, the facility has been able to open some services. A phone number has been established where community members can call for updates as they become available – 502-407-3069.Now open:Sleep Center 502-554-3537 (temporary number)Wound Healing Center 502-439-7275 (temporary number)Frazier Rehab Institute at SMEH 502-439-9585 (temporary number)Opening on Monday, August 11:SMEH Surgery Center (outpatient surgery) 502-366-9525Diabetes Education Center at SMEH Plaza I, Suite 202B.Classes are as follows:Mondays from 5-7:30 p.m.Tuesdays from 9-11:30 a.m.“Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital has been providing health care to the community for more than 130 years for the residents of south Louisville,” said Tom Gessel, president and CEO. “We have survived a flood before and will do so again. Our team is working around the clock to open all services in the hospital. Our immediate goal is to have the emergency department up and running soon. We have the second busiest emergency department in the city. The laboratory and radiology also provide support to this department, and are a priority as well.”

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.