Barton will work both sides of border on New Year’s |

Barton will work both sides of border on New Year’s

Barton Memorial Hospital is ready for the New Year’s celebration – on both sides of the state line.

Bill Gordon, Barton’s chief executive officer, said in addition to extra staffing in the emergency room, the hospital will also be setting up an urgent care facility at the Zephyr Cove Medical Center in Nevada.

“It’s an urgent care facility for minor emergencies,” he said. “It will be open only one night – New Year’s.”

Gordon was confident that the main hospital facility wouldn’t face any computer problems with Y2K.

“We’ve been working on this for about a year and a half,” he said. “Anything that wasn’t compatible with Y2K was taken out of service – I don’t anticipate any issues with the Y2K bug.”

Gordon said in addition to providing extra staff, the hospital has added extra fuel supplies to its Y2K preparedness plan, just in case the power has to be supplied from the hospital’s generators. Gordon also said more physicians will be on call than normal.

“If you add 60,000 people to the 40,000 that already live here, that means we’re the hospital to 100,000 people,” he said.

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