For a few hours Thursday morning, patients were diverted from Via Christi St. Francis when a clamp holding a water pipe broke, sending waves of cold water over the hospital’s first floor.
The clamp broke at 6 a.m., according to Roz Hutchinson, director of communications and public relations at Via Christi. The water flooded the hospital’s dismissal corridor, emergency admissions, first-floor cafeteria and other support areas.
“It was primarily on the west side of the hospital on the first floor,” Hutchinson said. “We activated our command center and brought everybody in to get it fixed.”
People checking in for procedures or emergencies were diverted to other Via Christi hospitals in the area.
By 7:55 a.m., Hutchinson said, the hospital was back to operational mode.
The water was “a rush of a couple of feet which soon dissipated to a couple of inches,” Hutchinson said.
And, by 8 a.m., the floors were very clean, she said.