Last update: 9:42 a.m. Oct. 19

Early Tuesday morning, a large water break was discovered in the McPherson Hospital boilers. The ruptured water line flooded parts of the east annex building and required the boilers to be shut down for repairs.

“We had eight in-patients who are safe and secure,” said Director of Marketing Cyril Russell. “McPherson Hospital’s priority continues to be for the safety for our patients, visitors and staff as we continue recovery from a water break in the hospital’s boilers.”

Due to mechanical systems being shut down for repair, in-patients were transferred to area facilities.

The water break compromised the hospital’s water supply. However, water service was restored Tuesday.

As most of the critical mechanical systems are driven by the boilers many services offered at the hospital had to be suspended. Though most of the hospital’s services were back up Wednesday morning. Patients are being admitted and all departments are functioning with the exception of the surgical suite. Surgeries are being suspended temporarily. Some services such as patient clinics are being relocated temporarily.

The Internal Medicine Clinic with Dr. Samuel Classen will be at Family Practice Associates 1010 Hospital Drive.

The Family Medicine Clinic with Dr. Dan Lichty, Dr. Trenton VanEaton, Jill Sigsbee and Autumn Wilgers will be a on the second floor of the Hospital Tower, in Specialty Physician Clinics.

The Surgery Clinic OB/GYN Clinic with Dr. Clayton Fetsch, Dr. Stanton and Dr. Bret Heskett will be at Obstetrics, second floor of the Hospital Tower.

Services in the South Annex which includes Corporate Health, Rehabilitation Services and the Hess Fitness Center are operational. However, entrance and foot traffic is limited to the west end of the building. All hospital entrances will be staffed to direct patients and visitors.

“Restoration of the East Annex facility and the boilers continues. We appreciate the community’s patience as we work through this difficult incident.” Russell said.