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March 23. 2014 9:08PM

Newport Health Center will be closed until March 31

NEWPORT — The Newport Health Center had to close Wednesday after flooding damaged the waiting room and the patient check and rehabilitation areas.

The center is expected to reopen March 31. The center’s health care providers have temporarily relocated to New London Hospital where patient visits are taking place until March 28.

“We’ve had to quickly mobilize ourselves to get the Newport providers into position here at New London Hospital,” Karen Zurheide, vice-president of community relations at New London Hospital. “I really do applaud our staff for jumping in and figuring this out. With everyone pitching in it’s really been going quite smoothly.”

About 75 percent of patients have kept their appointments, but some patients opted to reschedule until the Newport center reopens.

“The good news is we’ve been able to provide services. Our patients have been really understanding and flexible,” Zurheide said. “It doesn’t mean that no one has been inconvenienced, but I think internally and in the community there has been a lot of collaboration.”

Margie Lym-Morison, a chief nursing officer, said the flooding occurred Wednesday around 9 a.m.

“There was an ice jam on the roof and they were removing that and the water ended up coming inside. There were several blockages in the drain,” Lym-Morison said. “The staff were really quick to get records out of the way so no patients records were damaged in the event.”

Repairs to the water damage are moving quickly, Lym-Morison said.

Some staff remains at the Newport Health Center, but most have been relocated to New London Hospital where the Newport center’s number has been forwarded to a temporary call center.

Patients of the center can call 863-4100 as usual for appointments and other care needs.

Shuttle service from the Newport Health Center to Newport Hospital is also available for patients.

mpierce@newstote.com


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