LOCK HAVEN, CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Last month UPMC Lock Haven shut its doors for repairs after a fire on its campus. Monday was the first day the hospital is open again to patients, and workers.
UPMC Lock Haven Hospital was closed for just over a month.
If you remember back in September, a fire started in a tunnel in a construction zone outside the hospital.
But that caused the hospital to shut down due to smoke damage.
Now Monday, hospital staff and the community all happy that the hospital was able to open its doors back up again.
“The word is out, we’re open and we’re just excited to take care of the community again,” Director of Quality Management Ashley Fedroff said.
UPMC Lock Haven Hospital reopened its doors Monday morning.
The hospital was closed after a fire on the campus September 10th. A setback for the entire community with the nearest hospital a half an hour away.
“It was a challenge all around, our staff of course our community and our patients who are the most affected and who we care most about,” Fedroff said.
More than 200 employees returned to work on Monday.
“We were able to keep a majority of our staff working at our sister campuses, so we didn’t have to have anyone out of work,” Fedroff said.
Patients were once again able to go about their routines. Hospital officials say 15 surgical cases were scheduled for Monday morning.
And by noon they had a full emergency room. Lock Haven resident Dorothy Allen was just one of many eager to be able to return to this hospital.
“It’s so convenient and everybody is so good here, they’re nice to ya and they take good care of you,” Allen said.
Hospital officials say not being able to care for their patients was their biggest concern over their month-long closure.
“The closest hospitals are 30 minutes away so not being able to provide those services to our community was very hard,” Fedroff said.
Active construction remains outside the hospital to rebuild the tunnel where the fire began.
Officials are still looking into the various causes of what caused the fire back in September.