Sprinkler causes flooding at VA hospital

first_imgVA Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine At approximately 4:55 pm on Friday, June 28, 2018, the US Department of Veterans Affairs White River Junction VA Medical Center experienced a sprinkler head burst in the third floor mechanical space of Building 31, the main hospital building. The facilities management and environmental management teams were on-site overnight and through the weekend with all hands on deck to mitigate the damage. No veteran patients staying at the hospital were affected or displaced by the flooding.When the sprinkler went off (cause still unknown) in Building 31 on the White River Junction VAMC campus, the majority of the resulting water damage occurred in the surgical suite as well as some administrative offices on the second floor. With quick and precise actions of White River Junction VA staff, patient rooms were not affected and the spread of water was minimized.While crews continue to dry out and replace affected areas, surgical cases on Monday, July 2 through Friday, July 6 will be cancelled to ensure needed repairs for sterilization have been completed. Clinical staff are working with affected veterans to ensure needed care is provided in a timely fashion. At this time, it is unknown when all aspects of the surgical suite will be functional again.White River Junction VA leadership said in a statement Monday that it is grateful for the dedicated staff that worked throughout the weekend and continue working to return the hospital to full operational status as quickly as possible.Source: White River Junction VA Medical Center 7.2.2018last_img

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