Hurricane Wilma, the 12th Atlantic hurricane this season, left 74 Florida hospitals and 21 dialysis centers without power late Monday, said Rich Rasmussen, a Florida Hospital Association spokesman. Seventy-nine assisted-living and 85 skilled-nursing facilities also lost power. The association, the state Agency for Health Care Administration and the state Health Department began assessing hospitals' fuel and water needs early Tuesday, Rasmussen said. At least 12 hospitals, five assisted-living and six skilled-nursing facilities lost water in Wilma's wake. The Category 3 hurricane cut across southern Florida Monday with 120- to 105-mph winds, which caused minor roof and water damage at hospitals, Rasmussen said. Four hospitals transferred 30 patients prior to Wilma's landfall, he said. -- by Melanie Evans
Fla. hospitals lose water, power to Hurricane Wilma
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