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Area emergency crews help transport patients from Liberty Hospital amid 'information technology event'

Over 40 patients transported
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Posted at 2:21 PM, Dec 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-19 23:32:39-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City area emergency crews assisted Liberty Hospital with transporting patients as an "information technology event" impacted hospital operations Tuesday.

Liberty Hospital spokesperson Michelle Manuel said the event began early Tuesday morning, and that the hospital is operating on "standard downtime procedures."

"Patient safety remains our utmost concern," Manuel said in a statement to KSHB 41. "We are in the process of evaluating every patient to ensure they receive the highest quality of care and to determine next steps, which may include transfer to another facility."

Liberty Hospital reached out to the Mid-America Regional Council's strike team for assistance, said Battalion Chief Mike Hopkins, a spokesperson for the Kansas City Fire Department.

Hopkins said KCFD is part of the strike team that sends help when it's activated.

KCFD, the Lee's Summit Fire Department, Fort Osage Fire Protection District, Central Jackson County Fire District are all assisting with transporting patients.

Hopkins said the strike team transported about 30 patients to area hospitals. In addition, Liberty ems crews transported an additional 10-15.

The hospital said it is asking people to seek emergency care at other emergency departments as the hospital is "unable to estimate how long the computer issue will last."

"Currently, our team is confirming the impact to our services and we are working to restore functionality as soon as possible," Manuel said.

The hospital's primary and specialty care clinics are contacting patients with scheduled appointments to determine next steps.

No other details on the specifics of the event were immediately available.