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UPMC working feverishly to restore hospital, services

LOCK HAVEN — UPMC Lock Haven Hospital is working feverishly to restore hot water and heat to a segment of the hospital called Haven Place, a spokesperson said.

Tyler Wagner, UPMC communications manager, said mobile boilers have been set up in the parking lot next to Haven Place in an effort to restore hot water and heat to the facility. Wagner responded to concerns raised by Haven Place employees about conditions in the facility.

“The fire affected the boilers for the entire campus, which included hot water and heat for the hospital and Haven Place. Initially, there was a temporary water outage because of the fire operations on the campus. The fire departments were able to restore service quickly. There is running water at Haven Place, and the mobile boilers that are set up in the parking lot are part of our effort to restore hot water and heat to the facility,” Wagner said.

Meanwhile, Wagner said new warming units are in place to warm bathing cloths to provide hygiene care for residents until the hot water is restored.

“The building has maintained temperatures of 71-81 degrees throughout this event, and we have warming blankets and other alternatives in place should the need arise,” he continued.

As to the toxic odor that quickly spread through the area during the fire, Wagner said UPMC Lock Haven remains closed and entry has been limited to individuals essential to evaluating the extent of the damage to the hospital.

“UPMC, local, and state health officials are investigating the safety of the building, including the air quality, and using that information to coordinate a plan to safely reopen the building and restore services for the community,” he said.

“The cause of the fire remains under investigation,” he added.

Further information will be provided as it becomes available, Wagner said.

Meanwhile, UPMC advises,

— Patients with upcoming scheduled surgeries or appointments will be contacted to reschedule. Those in need of emergency care should call 9-1-1.

–Updates on the reopening of UPMC Lock Haven will be made available through UPMC Susquehanna’s Facebook page and on our website, UPMCSusquehanna.org.

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