Crews were cleaning up at Mercy Hospital Cadillac Wednesday after the cold weather caused parts of the heating system to freeze and burst, sending water everywhere.
The water started flowing around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, shutting down the heating system. It forced hospital officials to move patients and divert ambulance traffic. As of 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, the hospital was no longer diverting ambulance service to other medical facilities.
There was standing water throughout the building, but the ceilings saw the most damage.
â??(The response) was very rapid. I think the internal triage call went out about 8:00 a.m... and by 8:15 a.m. the command center was open,â?? said Mary Neff, Mercy Hospital Cadillac Chief Operating Officer. â??The patients were moved in a very quick time and we did cancel some of the elective cases today, so those patients were notified and we tried to keep the disruption to our patients to a minimum the best we could today. So many services went on as planned but others we could we did delay until sometime in the future.â??
The emergency room remained open throughout the day. Hospital officials did not have exact numbers on how many patients were taken to surrounding hospitals.
â??We have coordinated all of today's events with the other area hospitals; Munson, Reed City and Big Rapids, as well as the EMS agencies in the area, and thank them for that to ensure everyone's medical needs are being met in the community.â??
Every floor of the hospital was affected. Industrial fans were scattered throughout the hospital to dry out the carpet.
â??There was standing water in some areas. It came through the ceiling in all locations.â??
Hospital officials say their next step is to clean up the mess and meet with their insurance company.