Normal Operations Resume after Flooding in Two Units

January 13th, 2014

UPDATE:  St. Mary’s General Hospital is pleased to report that repair, restoration and clean-up of the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) and Coronary Care Unit (CCU) following weekend flooding is now complete and the units re-opened as of 8:30 a.m. today

Patients and staff who were relocated to the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU) have been safely returned to MSICU and CCU.  PACU space has returned to normal operations this morning.


Saturday, January 11, 2014 (Kitchener) – St. Mary’s General Hospital has closed its Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Coronary Care Unit on the second floor of the hospital due to an early morning flood on Saturday. The flood is believed isolated to this area, and no other patient areas are impacted by the flood at this time. Our Cardiovascular ICU was not affected.

The flood was caused by the combination of melting snow and rain on the second floor roof above the ICU.

Patients were moved quickly and safely out of the ICU and placed in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit (PACU). Families of patients that have been moved are in the process of being notified of the new care location.

“At this time, our priority is ensuring that patients continue to be comfortable and safe, with their health and well-being top of mind,” said Don Shilton, President, St. Mary’s Hospital. “We will do emergency surgeries on a select basis and assess them case by case.”

Staff, physicians and volunteers acted quickly to prioritize the safety and care needs of patients during the incident. Additional staffing has been called in to assist with patients.

Maintenance and support teams are on site and working diligently to stop the leak entirely and thoroughly clean the area. Snow has been removed off of the roof to prevent further damage.

“We are not sure at this time the full extent of the damage and how long it will take to fully repair, but we hope to know more later today,” continued Mr. Shilton.

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