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Grand Rapids hospital diverts emergency care after boiler damage

Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., diverted emergency care to other local hospitals Tuesday after a boiler was damaged at a nearby energy plant, according to MLive.com.

The Veolia Energy plant in downtown Grand Rapids, approximately one mile from the 15-bed hospital, experienced an internal explosion Monday evening. Veolia Energy operates industrial boilers that provide steam to heat and cool the hospital and several nearby buildings.

A pressure change resulting from the unexpected shutdown of a boiler inside the plant blew out several of the plant's windows, according to a plant spokesperson. The plant reported no serious injuries.

Non-emergency surgeries at Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital were canceled for Tuesday as staff members wait for adequate heating to return.

"Patients are instructed to go to other emergency departments for care until further notice," said Angela Klinske, director of public relations and communications at Mercy Health Saint Mary's Hospital.

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