Power outage hits Wesley Medical Center

KANSAS - A short circuit in one of Wesley Medical Center's main power systems has knocked out electricity at the hospital.

The short, which occurred at about 5:15 a.m. May 15, was initially thought to be a lightning strike from thunderstorms pounding the city at the time because people heard a pop, hospital spokeswoman Helen Thomas said.

The hospital is using generators to provide electricity to essential areas, Thomas said, but all surgeries have been postponed and emergency cases are being referred to Via Christi Regional Medical Center.

Westar Energy crews are at the hospital, and the fire department is on standby in the event tests ignite small fires, she said.



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