VA hospital in White River Junction reopens ORs closed by water damage

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Officials at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction reopened three operating rooms Monday that were shut down for more than two weeks after a sprinkler head burst.

Crews continue work in the fourth operating room, which was hardest hit by water damage from flooding, the center announced in  press release.

VA officials say a sprinkler head inexplicably burst in the main building just before 5 p.m. on June 28, causing water to stream into the surgical suite, including the sterile supply room and scrubbing area.

More than 60 surgeries were canceled or rescheduled because of the malfunction.

Twenty six thousand veterans get care through the White River Junction VA system. No patients were affected during the flooding, according to Dr. Brett Rusch, the center’s acting medical director.

“Nobody has seen anything quite like this,” he said. “These are older buildings as is evident to everybody that comes here. But our crews have done a great job over time keeping them well-maintained. So this has been an isolated event,” he said.

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