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Unfortunate Water Event Remarkable Recovery

Thursday, Jan 02, 2014

The New Year at Doylestown Hospital started not with a bang, but a splash. A flood from a broken water pipe elicited an exemplary team effort to mop up. No patient rooms were affected, and patient services continue as normal following the unfortunate incident.

Repairs continue after a water line break on the hospital’s second floor on New Year’s Eve triggered a rapid and well-coordinated response by Associates and local volunteer firefighters. The water line break occurred above the women’s locker room in the Maternity Center between 10 and 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and damaged certain areas on the second, first and ground floors.

No patient rooms were affected. All inpatient and outpatient services are operating normally as the hospital continues to offer the high quality care and services the community expects.

Hospitals and spaceships are similar in that they are designed to support life and have built-in redundancies. Hospital staff may experience some inconveniences, but there is no interruption in patient care and services.

When in need, though, it helps to have dedicated volunteers in the community. Fire companies from Doylestown, Chalfont, Warrington, Warwick, Midway and Plumsteadville responded to help mop up and cover equipment following the water line break.

“The rapid response by Associates and volunteers from the fire companies was critical to preventing any further damage,” said Jim Brexler, President and CEO. “The Medical Staff also responded to help coordinate patient care services and procedures. While everyone else celebrated the New Year, these individuals worked methodically to contain the water and ensure the safety of our patients.”

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