LA hospital back to full service after water line break

January 26, 2020 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles hospital is back to full operations on Sunday, days after it was forced to shut down following a water supply line break.

Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center said in a statement that scheduled appointments will resume on Monday.

The line broke Jan. 19 when water was turned back on after planned repairs, but the 274-bed hospital located in the western San Fernando Valley had initially continued to offer some services.

A temporary water line was installed but the facility was unable to return to normal operations, the hospital announced.

Officials said that when the extent of the problem became apparent primary care appointments and surgeries were canceled and efforts were made to reschedule them at other locations.

Urgent care services and the emergency department were shut down Jan. 21 and all patients were to be discharged or transferred to other hospitals. Outpatient services were also closed.

“We look forward to welcoming back our patients, and want to express our deepest gratitude to them and the entire community for their understanding during this past week,” Murtaza Sanwari, the hospital’s senior vice president, said in Sunday’s statement.