The staff at Vanderbilt Hospital has become a magnet for the homeless, but it’s not all bad news.
One of the hospital’s main patient-care centers has seen an uptick in people staying overnight due to the heat.
Stony Brook University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical School reported a total of 663 overnight stays in January, an increase of 1.5 percent from the same time last year, the university said.
The increase in overnight stays is due to Vanderbilt’s new shelter in the new Stony Brook Hospital building on the University campus.
The new facility has a capacity of more than 5,000 beds, and it’s the first in the state of New York to do so, the school said in a news release.
More than half of the overnight stays were for the mentally ill, according to the news release, while a total 1,936 were for adults with substance abuse problems.
The hospital says the increase in patients staying overnight comes despite the fact that Vanderbilt is facing a severe shortage of beds, with about 200 beds available at any given time.
Stony Brooke Hospital is the only other hospital in the county with a shortage, the hospital said.
The hospital says it’s committed to increasing the number of beds in the hospital and is working with local governments to provide new beds.
The code blue and Liberty hospitals have been identified as a result of the breach, according to a King County health official.
“We are working with the health department to determine how and why the codes were assigned to these hospitals,” said King County Health Officer Steve Hahn.
The hospital codes blue is for King County Children’s Hospital, and Liberty is for the Liberty Health Institute, which is in a different county.
In an emailed statement, the hospital said that the codes had been assigned “because we were notified about a possible security breach.”
“Our security procedures and processes are thorough, and the appropriate personnel have been working around the clock to protect us from any potential threats,” the hospital added.
It is not clear if the hospital codes were linked to any other breach.
On Friday, the Health Department’s security director told The Washington Post that the breach may have involved an employee.
Hahn said that while the hospital and the health officials are “doing everything they can” to ensure that the hospitals are “secure and operating at maximum capacity,” the county will need more help to protect the public.
According to the Associated Press, the breach at King County hospitals was first reported by the Seattle Times on Monday.