Water Main Break Still Affecting Operations at Kaiser Woodland Hills; Surgeries, Appointments Canceled.

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WOODLAND HILLS (CNS) – A water main break that occurred over the weekend was continuing today to affect operations at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center.

Surgeries and doctors’ appointments today were canceled today at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center because of a water main break that has left the hospital without service likely until
Thursday, officials said.
  
The break occurred Saturday night, cutting off water to the medical center at 5601 DeSoto Ave., near the Ventura (101) Freeway, and forcing staff to cancel surgeries and doctors’ appointments.
  
A temporary water line has been installed while the longer-term water line repair is undertaken, but it will take 48 hours to ensure the water is safe for all health care use, according to Murtaza Sanwari, the hospital’s senior vice president and area manager.

About 70 patients remained at the facility as of Monday, according to Sanwari, who said hospital officials had transferred out about two dozen patients.
  
The facility was diverting ambulances from the emergency room, according to Dr. Gregory Kelman, area medical director for Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills.
  
“We’re designed to address emergency situations, and we continue to partner with other facilities in the community as well as our sister facilities to ensure the safety of our patients,” Sanwari said Monday.
  
Port-a-potties, emergency water supplies, and pre-packaged meals replaced regular services for a second straight day on Monday.
  
Patients who have questions can call Kaiser at 833-KP4-CARE or 833-576-2273. Additional information is also available Kp.org/woodlandhills.

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