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07-14-03: Flood damage keeps medical center closed

The Daily Standard

    The Community Medical Center, 950 S. Main St., Celina, apparently will not be reopening anytime soon.
    Mercer County Community Hospital officials, who own the satellite facility, are trying to assess the damage brought by the flooded Beaver Creek. An emergency meeting of the hospital's board of governors is set for late this afternoon so officials can decide how the mess will be dealt with. Specialists to assess
    Construction and environmental specialists are at the site today trying to figure out the extent of the damage and how best to repair the facility, hospital public relations manager Ken Obringer said. The entire building was covered in at least two to three inches of water, he said.
    "All the carpet and equipment has been removed," Obringer said. "Now they are looking into the walls."
    Portions of at least some walls will need to be removed to ensure that mold spores do not become a problem inside the walls, Obringer said. Removal of contaminated wall boards needs to happen fairly soon, too, in order to keep any spores from spreading, he said.
    Some of the equipment in the building was owned by the hospital while other pieces belong to the doctors and other healthcare professionals who work there, Obringer said. It remains undetermined whether any of the equipment can be salvaged.
    The building, which was constructed in the mid-1980s and renovated just a few years ago, was not covered by flood insurance, Obringer said. No damage estimate has been offered yet, he said.
    Board members are expected to discuss how the situation should be remedied and also will discuss what to do with the doctors offices displaced by the flood. Hospital officials are interested in setting up some sort of temporary quarters to allow those medical services to continue, Obringer said. Other business damage
    The low-lying area just west of the lake's levee was especially hard hit by the Independence Day flooding. In addition to the medical center, Bob's Audio, Video & Appliances and the Breakaway RecPlex suffered serious damages. Bob's already has reopened, and Breakaway management has said they do not know the full extent of the damages to that complex or when the fitness facility might reopen.


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