The majority of the cost came from having to call in additional workers to handle the mass evacuation of the hospital, according to Renae McKinney, director of public relations for Walker Baptist Medical Center.
“Our first initial assessments puts the cost at about $75,000. It could be more or a little less,” McKinney said following Thursday’s press conference at the Jasper Police Department. “The main thing was the salaries of employees who had to come back in to work who were suppose to be off because it was a holiday weekend.”
Other costs incurred because of the bomb threat included having to call in additional ambulances from Regional Paramedical Services to evacuate patients, food and supplies to take care of the patients who were evacuated.
McKinney said one surgery scheduled for Friday had to be cancelled. No surgeries were being performed at the time of the threat, however, one minor surgical procedure had just been completed, she said.
“The fact that this happened on the day it did was really fortunate for us,” McKinney said. “We normally have more than 100 patients in the hospital but had just 76 because it was a holiday weekend.”