According to hospital officials, two New York hospitals that were targeted by a cyberattack have resumed admitting emergency patients after shutting down their computer systems to investigate.
Last week, ambulances were diverted from HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston and the linked Margaretville Hospital in Margaretville due to a cyberattack that targeted both facilities as well as Mountainside Residential Care Centre, a skilled nursing facility.
According to hospital officials, the ambulance diversion ceased Saturday night and the hospitals started admitting patients.
Emergency stroke patients will still be transferred to other nearby hospitals, according to officials.
The Westchester Medical Centre Health Network, which operates the three hospitals, said in a statement that the network’s information technology professionals shut down computer systems at the sites Friday night and subsequently restarted them, a procedure that is still ongoing.
“I want to applaud everyone at HealthAlliance Hospital, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center for all of their hard work and dedication while facing an incredibly difficult situation, helping us return to full operations sooner than expected while continuing to provide the best possible care for patients in our community,” HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley CEO Josh Ratner said.
According to hospital officials, the inquiry into the cause of the attack is ongoing.