Large Water Break at McPherson Hospital

By Cyril Russell, McPherson Hospital
October 18, 2016

***SECOND UPDATE***

Update to water line break at hospital:

With patients safely transferred from the facility, a combination of mechanical and restoration crews have been working throughout the day to bring as many services back to function as quickly as possible. 

A ruptured water line in the early morning hours on Tuesday flooded parts of the east annex building and necessitated the boilers to be shut down for repairs. The boilers are necessary for heated water and conditioned air circulation throughout the facility. Water service has now been restored, the emergency department continues to be accessible for walk-in patients, and ancillary services are functioning as usual.

Crews will continue working throughout the night and an assessment of available services will be conducted early Wednesday morning with hospital staff. Further updates will be shared as soon as possible to communicate plans for service restoration.

McPherson Hospital appreciates the understanding and cooperation of all of our patients as we work through this unanticipated disruption of services. 

***END UPDATE***

***FIRST UPDATE***

Update to water break at hospital:

McPherson Hospital’s priority continues to be for the safety for our patients, visitors and staff which drives all of our decisions regarding this event.

The water leak is contained and cleanup is continuing. Given the extent of damage to the hospital’s boilers, most of the hospital’s functions are being suspended temporarily.

Due to mechanical systems being shut down for repair, in-patients are being transferred to area facilities. Surgery services, all in-house patient clinics, are temporarily closed. Portions of the west parking lot are restricted at this time.

Remaining functional are the emergency department for walk-in services, ancillary services such as lab and radiology, family practice associates clinic, and the urgent care clinic.

***END UPDATE***

McPherson, Kansas

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 18, 2016, a large water break was discovered in the hospital boilers. We currently have 8 in-patients who are safe and secure. The water break has compromised the hospital water supply to the hospital. However, fresh water is available to patients and staff.

Visitors to patients are being limited to immediate family members only. All emergency response services are available and the hospital emergency department is receiving walk-ins. All surgical procedures have been cancelled. All ancillary services such as lab and radiology are functional. Non-life threatening emergency cases may report to the urgent care clinic at 823 North Main beginning at 9 a.m.

A variety of technical service providers are dealing with the situation as quickly as possible. Hourly updates will be provided.


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