The 41 patients who were calling Linwood Village home were taken by community members to the Hillcrest Hospital down the street. Residents stayed there overnight, and hospital staff said many of them have now been taken to other nursing homes around the Stillwater and Tulsa area.
The hospital says they’ve trained for mass intake situations before and they had no issue taking in all the residents.
“As the fire department and emergency squads started rolling in, I mean, they were using school buses and everything else to transport their patients,” Hillcrest Hospital C.E.O. Kevin Hawk said.
No patients were seriously hurt in the fire and firefighters were able to save most of the building, thanks to a working sprinkler system, which kept flames under control until firefighters arrived.
No word on when the nursing home will be able to reopen.
City officials say family members of patients who stayed at Linwood Village can check to see where they’ve been relocated by calling 918-225-2915.