Published on August 28, 2021

Twin Lakes moves over 20 patients to Owensboro after power outage 

Transfer ensures patients are comfortable, receive optimal care while repairs occur

Update Sunday 6:45 p.m.

Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center will reopen Monday morning at 7 a.m. for business as usual, following a power outage that began Saturday. Repair crews have worked tirelessly to ensure that the problem is fixed and we are grateful for their dedication. Grayson County EMS, along with EMS services from across 7 other counties, were able to transport all of Twin Lakes patients to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital last night to keep them safe and comfortable, and nurses from the Leitchfield facility traveled to Owensboro to continue caring for them.

This logistical feat would not be possible without an incredible amount of teamwork. Thank you to everyone for your outstanding efforts.

Update Sunday 10:45 a.m.

EMS after transporting patient

After a busy night of repair work, the Twin Lakes hospital is making progress as we recover from yesterday’s power outage. Repair crews have worked diligently to replace a transformer and reconnect the wiring. Today, our facilities team members will be busy testing the system and hospital equipment. After this process is complete, we will know much more about when we can begin admitting patients again—hopefully soon. 

Meanwhile, the 21 patients who were moved to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital are safe and comfortable with over 30 Twin Lakes team members onsite helping to care for them. We are very grateful for all of the repair crews, emergency responders and team members who are helping us to overcome this challenge and continue serving our patients. 

Update Sunday - 12:45 a.m. Ambulances transporting Twin Lakes patients

All patients from Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center have been safely transported to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital following a power outage. Moving 22 patients carefully and efficiently is only made possible by an extensive show of teamwork. Healthcare workers and emergency services responders from across eight counties worked together to ensure a successful move. Approximately 30 team members from Twin Lakes have also traveled to OHRH to continue caring for their patients.
Maintenance crews are working through the night to resolve the issue at the Leitchfield facility.

Update Saturday - 7:30 p.m.

Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center has been experiencing a power outage due to a transformer failure since 6 a.m. on Saturday. Patients are safe and the team is working diligently to provide care while on backup generator power. 

While all critical equipment is powered by the backup generators, the HVAC systems and air conditioning chillers have been impacted. Since there is not a definitive timeline for the restoration of power, all 22 patients will be transported to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital for their safety and comfort. 

"The safety of our patients is always our top priority, and they have continued to receive excellent care at Twin Lakes despite the power challenges," said Chief Operating Officer Ashley Herrington. "But with the situation still being resolved, the best thing for our patients is to move them to Owensboro while repairs are underway. Being part of a strong health system like Owensboro Health gives us that option for our patients."

Teams across the health system are working with Kentucky Emergency Management to coordinate transport by ambulance. Twin Lakes staff and additional physicians will report to OHRH to continue to provide optimal care for the transferred patients. 

The emergency department at OHTLMC is on “diversion” and patients will be transported to other hospitals. Emergent patients will continue to be stabilized and assessed at OHTLMC.  

KU continues to work diligently to restore the power and we will update this post as more information becomes available.

For media inquiries, please contact Brian Hamby at 270-316-4274 or Somer Wilhite at 270-779-6970.

For the privacy of our patients, please do not show up to either hospital campus without speaking to a member of the public relations team.

Update Saturday - 10:30 a.m.

The Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center is experiencing a power outage due to a transformer failure. Patients are safe and the team is working diligently to provide care on backup generator power. The facilities team is working with KU to restore power as soon as possible.
No visitors will be allowed except in end-of-life situations.
We will update this post as more information becomes available.