by Nick Lawton
MIDLAND - At least 30 elderly residents at Kissito Healthcare Midland, formerly Trinity Haven Nursing Center, lost their heat and were evacuated Wednesday as the pipes froze overnight. That knocked out the heat for an entire hallway in the building.
None of the residents were harmed or injured.
When NewsWest 9 arrived on the scene around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Permian Basin Ambulance workers as well as the Texas Department of Human Services were getting all 30 of those residents either to rooms on the other side of the building or carefully carrying them out on stretchers to be transported to other facilities.
NewsWest 9 was told the state granted the center special permission to use electric blankets and portable heaters to help keep the residents warm until they could be transported.
Kissito's Chief Nursing Officer Angela Maddox told NewsWest 9 patients were placed at Allegiance Specialty Hospital, BCA Hospital, and Rockwood Manor.
Families and those responsible for the residents have been notified of the temporary move, and Kissito's medical staff are stationed at the new locations to provide care for those displaced.
Angela Maddox told NewsWest 9 that contractors are currently working on the plumbing in that hallway, expecting it to be operational again in the next 24 to 48 hours. The residents will then be returned to their rooms.
If you'd like to make a donation of heating blankets or space heaters, you can drop them off at their center. That address is 3203 Sage Street in Midland. They can be reached at (432) 413-2177.