December 30, 2017




CRMC restores heat after partial system malfunction

Boiler issues quickly remedied, say CRMC officials

HARRIS – Catskill Regional Medical Center remained operational on Friday after a boiler malfunction resulted in a partial loss of the heating system.

Thursday evening a routine assessment found an issue with the facility’s primary boiler. Repairs were immediately begun and continued throughout the night.

During the repair process Friday morning, the hospital’s secondary boiler experienced a problem, causing diminished pressure in the heating system and limited heat throughout the facility.

Authorities were notified immediately and the hospital’s emergency plans for such a situation were initiated, allowing essential services to be maintained and the safety and comfort of patients protected, Sullivan County officials said.

A joint command structure was established with CRMC, the county and state to assure needed resources were available and proper procedures implemented.

“As no significant drop in the hospital’s interior temperature occurred, no evacuations were needed, and none are anticipated,” said Vice President for Patient Care Services Rolland Bojo. “Patient care was not adversely impacted, as we routinely practice for events like this.”   He said the secondary boiler has been repaired and heat has been restored building-wide.

Bojo said staff continues to work to restore the normal functions of the primary boiler, but in the meantime, the hospital arranged for a backup heating system to be quickly installed on-site out of an abundance of caution.

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