All heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems at Lloydminster Hospital are now back to full, normal operation. This follows three and a half months of intense efforts to clean, repair and replace much of the basement ductwork flooded by a torrential rain storm June 9, 2017.
“The situation was an emergency from the very start,” said Derek Miller, Vice-President of Finance and Operations for Prairie North Health Region. “It's been a very challenging and demanding 3˝ months of action: first to determine the extent of damage, then to identify and implement remediation needed to maintain patient and staff safety and sustain hospital services, and urgently to plan and perform the permanent repairs and ductwork replacement.”
In total, approximately 1,200 lineal feet of custom-made ductwork was replaced, ranging in diameter from 12 inches to 52 inches (1 foot to 4.3 feet) in diameter. Delivery of the material to the hospital took three (3) 52-foot semitrailers.
Miller estimates the total cost of the response and reparation at upwards of $4.2 million dollars, including $2.5 million for ductwork replacement alone, and $1.7 million for installation and operation of temporary air cooling systems, other equipment and supplies, plus expertise, consulting, testing, and more.
“The numbers don't include the impacts on our patients, hospital staff and physicians, nor on the leaders and staff of departments and services throughout Prairie North for the vital roles they fulfilled in handling the situation. Such crises take significant toll on everyone involved as we each work above and beyond to sustain our services and facilities,” stated Miller.
“Hospital staff and physicians raised any concerns promptly, offered ideas and suggestions, and supported interim and permanent solutions. Leadership was second to none and communication channels were open and effective,” he explained.
“Deepest appreciation is extended to everyone involved and to our expert team of consultants, contractors and subcontractors. Only with the outstanding teamwork and expertise were we able to sustain hospital services throughout the hot summer and complete the necessary repair and replacement work before the cold weather sets in,” Miller insisted.
He added that all of the auxiliary air cooling units, and the temporary ducting that had been in place throughout the hospital since mid-June, have been removed. The hospital is back to regular heating and cooling operations.
Patient, visitor, and staff safety were the priorities throughout. All necessary infection control precautions were used, and occupational health and safety requirements were followed. Temperatures were regularly monitored to ensure comfort and safety for patients and staff. Adjustments were made to air flow and temperatures as issues and concerns were identified.
Air quality was regularly measured and monitored, with test results consistently indicating no concerns. Samples were taken late last week after all duct replacement was complete and the HVAC systems returned to normal operation. The test results indicate air quality is within accepted parameters and show no concerns.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer 306-446-6625
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