The emergency department at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids has been temporarily closed due to rain water entering into the department through its 8th Ave. emergency entrance. All patients in the department have been discharged or admitted to other departments within the hospital.
All emergency services have been temporarily diverted to St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids as Mercy cleans the emergency department in anticipation of reopening.
Additionally, a drain pipe at Mercy failed, causing water damage to ceiling tiles located on the 5th floor of its inpatient tower. All patients from that floor were relocated to other departments within the tower. Contractors are on site repairing the damaged pipe and cleanup is underway.
Mercy staff has been working through the night to clean up in order to expedite the reopening of the areas impacted. Except for the temporary closing of its Emergency Department for cleaning, Mercy Medical Center remains open and serving patients.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:41:17 GMT
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