Children's Hospital New Orleans is running on back-up power after being impacted by Hurricane Ida, said Dr. Mark Kline, physician-in-chief and chief academic officer of the hospital.
"We've been on back-up power for about 12 hours now. And that provides adequate power to all of the patient care areas, the nonessential areas of the hospital are dark," Kline told CNN's Kate Bolduan.
Kline added that while the hospital building didn't "suffer any major structural damage," the building did have some "water intrusion" on the ground floor, including in a new, $300 million addition to the hospital which just opened two days before the hurricane hit.
"We also had water coming in through the roof in several locations. We lost some flashing off the roof. We didn't suffer any major structural damage at all. So we've got some repairs to make. But, the good news is that all of the children were safe and sound inside of the hospital through the hurricane. We had a team of professionals locked in the building with them taking care of them and everyone came through in good shape," Kline said.
Kline said the hospital is concerned about "power situation" in New Orleans.
"We have fuel for back-up generators for the next few days and we think we'll be able to get more fuel here at the hospital. But that probably is the number one concern for us at this moment," he said.
Kline also expressed how the hurricane added more of a toll to the hospital after summer dealing with Covid-19 cases.
"The hurricane hit New Orleans following a 'tough'" summer for the hospital, Kline said.
"We've had a tough stretch here. We've had a summer of virus infections. First RSV and then Covid-19 and our nurse and doctors are exhausted, frankly. July was the busiest month in the history of the hospital... in terms of number of patients admitted to the hospital and to our intensive care units and through our emergency department. And so everyone already was really tested physically and emotionally. And the last thing in the world that we needed was a Category 4 hurricane," he said.