Water main break forces 7 Michigan hospitals to close or cancel procedures: 6 things to know

A water main break in Farmington Hills, Mich., Monday evening has forced several area hospitals to scale back services or completely shut down.

Here are six things to know about the water main break and how it is affecting local hospitals.

1. The water main break, which left more than 51,000 residents without water as of Tuesday afternoon, caused Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Bloomfield Township, Mich., to transfer 15 patients to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The hospital is diverting ambulances to other medical facilities and has canceled all elective procedures. The hospital closed its outpatient clinics Tuesday but reopened those locations Wednesday using boiled water precautions.

2. Henry Ford Medical Center-Columbus in Novi, Mich., is closed Wednesday, and all elective procedures and outpatient clinic appointments are canceled.

3. Henry Ford Medical Center-Commerce in Commerce Township, Mich., and Henry Ford Medical Center Farmington Road in West Bloomfield Township were forced to shut down due to the water issues, but reopened for business Wednesday using boiled water precautions. However, both facilities have canceled elective procedures scheduled for Wednesday. 

4. Henry Ford Maplegrove Center, an inpatient addiction treatment facility in Bloomfield Township, is offering outpatient services but is not accepting new inpatient admissions.

5. Beaumont Medical Center-West Bloomfield shut down Tuesday and remains closed. The hospital said some physician offices might remain open and patients should call ahead to confirm their appointments.    

6. Providence Park Hospital in Novi canceled elective surgeries for Wednesday. A hospital spokesperson told Becker's Hospital Review those procedures will be rescheduled and/or rerouted to Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich. "The plan is to move forward with all surgical cases and procedures beginning tomorrow," a hospital spokesperson said. Providence Park Hospital began accepting ambulance traffic Wednesday.

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