Walker County hospital evacuation comes at a cost

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WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The evacuation of Walker Baptist Medical Center after a bomb threat is costing the facility a small fortune.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

In just three and a half hours, the hospital was forced to spend $75,000.

Hospital administrators say paying for transportation makes up the largest portion of the price tag.

At least 14 emergency ambulances were brought in to move patients.

Other expenses included paying for extra staff to come in and work. Many employees were off for the Fourth of July holiday.

Staff members say they’re not sure if insurance will cover any of the expenses, but it’s probably unlikely.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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