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December 30, 1999

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Despite Y2K fears in some quarters, Kansas University Medical Center will staff for New Year's Eve like a regular business day, said Med Center spokesman Bob Hallinan.

But other employees have been told to be ready to come to work, if any emergency arises, he said.

The Med Center also will have extra maintenance and computer workers on hand to manage any Y2K problems that arise, said Ed Phillips, vice chancellor for administration. A total of 42 maintenance employees will work that night, he said.

The number of medical staff on duty has not been determined, Hallinan said, but will be determined closer to Friday.

Like on the Lawrence campus, KU officials will have a command center to react to any Y2K-related problems that arise, Phillips said.

If there are no problems, the center could close as early as 2 a.m., he said.

In the hospital itself, officials may send staff home if they aren't needed.

All police officers at the Med Center will work regular shifts. Phillips said.

Officials at the Med Center did not know what the cost of the extra staffing would be.

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