SHERIDAN — Due to a ransomware attack on the information technology systems at Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Sheridan Memorial Hospital is currently one of several health care facilities across the region receiving diverted patients from the Gillette area.
SMH received eight diverted patients by Saturday evening but still has capacity to accept and treat additional patients.
“We are doing well at the moment,” said Lacey Johnson, director of nursing at SMH. “We currently have sufficient staff and beds to handle additional capacity. Even with the additional influx, we are still taking care of our local patient load and our emergency department is ready and able to take any emergency.”
SMH has initiated steps to ensure the same type of ransomware attack does not occur on its systems by implementing email safety protocols and communicating with all staff regarding these protocols.
In addition to SMH, other facilities accepting diverted patients include Wyoming Regional Medical Center in Casper, Johnson County Health Center in Buffalo and Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City.