Atrium hospital floods, surgeries canceled

Atrium Health Pineville (N.C.), part of Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health, canceled its elective surgeries for Feb. 22 and notified patients after a plumbing fixture leaked on the hospital's fourth floor in the early morning.

"Patients were moved to other parts of the hospital and some patients on lower floors were also relocated as a precaution," a spokesperson for Atrium Health said in an initial statement shared with Becker's. "We have taken great care to ensure that all patients were moved to areas where they can continue to receive the same level of medical care and treatment."

Some of the hospital's critical care patients were initially moved to other nearby Atrium Health facilities to ensure proper care, but the hospital is working to move its relocated patients back into their rooms.

"Surgeries for Friday, Feb. 23, will continue as scheduled," a spokesperson for Atrium Health said in an updated statement shared with Becker's. "It was a long day for our teammates, but we want to thank them for the work they did today to ensure our patients were comfortable and received the level of medical care and treatment as would normally be expected. We apologize to our patients and their guests who were inconvenienced by this matter as we worked to return to business as usual."

Atrium Health is part of Charlotte, N.C.-based Advocate Health, a nonprofit health system that comprises 68 hospitals with nearly 155,000 employees across six states.

Editor's note: This story was updated on Feb. 22 at 4:32 pm CST.

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