Hackensack Hospital scrambled into ‘code yellow’

6 08 2007

Hackensack, NJ – When lightning struck United Water’s treatment plant early Saturday, water pressure plummeted at Bergen County’s biggest hospital.

Personnel at Hackensack University Medical Center noticed the low pressure about 3:30 a.m. and immediately activated an emergency plan after consulting with the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management, said Nancy Radwin, a hospital spokeswoman.

The decision by Mary Ann Donohue, the administrator on call, also activated what officials referred to as “code yellow,” which involves calling in teams of hospital personnel. The teams covered key areas of operation, including the emergency room, patients undergoing dialysis, and the food and nutrition departments.

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