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The Latest: Hospital with broken boiler is warming up

April 27, 2019 GMT

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — The Latest on a boiler malfunction at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

A New Hampshire hospital that lost its heat and hot water because of a boiler malfunction expects on Saturday to begin readmitting patients who had to be sent to other facilities.

A spokesman for Cheshire Medical Center in Keene says the hospital planned to be able to admit patients to the emergency department late Friday.

Spokesman Rick Adams says the nearly 50 patients taken to other hospitals can start coming back on Saturday.

A boiler malfunction Thursday morning damaged the venting system and chimney that exhausts the hospital’s furnace. No injuries were reported.

A temporary boiler was installed to get the hospital up and running, but it required time to bring the temperature back up in the building.

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2 p.m.

A temporary boiler was installed at a New Hampshire hospital that lost its heat and hot water and had to transfer patients to other facilities, officials said Friday.

Cheshire Medical Center in Keene said in a statement that it is “hopeful” the heat would be restored later in the day. A boiler malfunction Thursday morning damaged the venting system and chimney that exhausts the furnace. No injuries were reported.

Officials said 47 patients were taken to other hospitals. Medical procedures scheduled for Friday at Cheshire were postponed. The hospital’s outpatient clinics were not affected.

Keene Fire Chief Mark Howard told WMUR-TV the weather played a part in the decision to move the patients.

“It was a coordinated evacuation, really for the long term,” he said, noting that temperatures were in the 40s on Thursday night and Friday was forecast to be cold and rainy.

Hospital CEO Don Caruso said the priority is to get the heat back on in the emergency department and operating rooms. But he said it will take time to bring the temperature back up in the building.

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12:05 p.m.

Officials say they’ve installed a temporary boiler at a New Hampshire hospital that lost its heat and hot water and had to transfer patients to other facilities.

Cheshire Medical Center in Keene said in a statement Friday that it is “hopeful” the heat would be restored later in the day. A boiler malfunction Thursday morning damaged the venting system and chimney that exhausts the furnace. No injuries were reported.

Officials said 47 patients were taken to other hospitals. Medical procedures scheduled for Friday at Cheshire were put off. The hospital’s outpatient clinics were not affected.