St. John in Broken Arrow reopening

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/13/2013 11:03 am Published: 6/12/2013 1:33 pm

St. John Broken Arrow is re-opening now that the boil order in Broken Arrow has been lifted.

The hospital closed on Wednesday due to the water emergency in Broken Arrow.

An official released this statement to FOX23 on Thursday morning: 

“As a result of concerns with potential water contamination from Tuesday’s water main break, St. John Broken Arrow made a voluntary decision Wednesday to temporarily discontinue operations,” said David Phillips, St. John Broken Arrow chief executive officer. “Patient safety is our highest priority, and we believe taking these precautionary measures was the right thing to do. We are fortunate that our patients were efficiently transferred to other St. John hospitals.”

As part of its operational process, St. John Broken Arrow is replacing all water filters and flushing all water systems. All patient rooms were cleaned overnight with purified water.

FOX23 was on the scene Wednesday as ambulances slowly left the emergency room at St. John in Broken Arrow, it was not clear if patients were being transported in the ambulances or not.

Melissa Brown went to St. John in Broken Arrow with her husband after he smashed his finger in the car door. When they got there they were told they needed to go to another hospital for treatment.

“This is kind of an inconvenience because this is really the only one in Broken Arrow that we can come to," said Brown.

She said they heard about the water issues, but had no idea it would affect the local hospital here.

“Coming into town we didn't think this was going to happen,” she said.

As of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday St. John closed its doors until further notice. The hospital said it has been having patients and staff use bottled water over the past day, as well as a backup water supply to make sure the water is safe.

As the City of Broken Arrow works to resolve the water emergency patients at the hospital were carefully moved to other St. John facilities for their care.

Despite the inconvenience of going to another location, Brown told FOX23 she's glad this one is taking the proper precautions to keep people safe.

“If it was my kids or something like that I would think about their safety first,” she said.

Director of Metro Medical Response, Johna Easley shared the safety plan with FOX23.

“Miller and Mercy EMS provided units to assist BA fire dept. in the transportation of those remaining patients," said Easley.

“EMSA also helped transport 10 patients from St. John to right here in Tulsa," she said.

Some of them were taken to St. John Owasso

Other hospitals did the same. Hilcrest and St. Francis hospital officials said they didn't receive any St. John’s patients.

FOX23 learned St. Francis South is not on Broken Arrow's water supply, but the hospital system does have multiple offices in Broken Arrow. The hospital has a backup water supply.

There are two Hillcrest clinics in Broken Arrow that have cut off access to water fountains, and they're using large amounts of bottled water

As part of its operational process, St. John Broken Arrow is replacing all water filters and flushing all water systems. All patient rooms were cleaned overnight with purified water.

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