As Hurricane Ian slammed Southwest Florida on Wednesday, thousands of patients were evacuated from health care facilities on Thursday. As of Thursday morning, 43 nursing homes evacuated about 3,400 residents, mostly in southwest Florida. “We have one large health system in Southwest Florida that is without water in all of their facilities. And so they are fast approaching a point where they will not be able to safely take care of their patients. So that is an urgent focus to get those patients transferred” said Mary Mayhew, president of the Florida Hospital Association.