Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 01/30/2014 5:02 PM | Comments: 0
Officials remain hopeful that surgeries will resume in at least some of St. Boniface General Hospital’s 14 operating rooms Friday.
But Bronwyn Penner-Holigroski, a spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), said she had nothing definitive to report as of late Thursday afternoon.
"We are still hopeful" that surgeries will resume Friday, she said, adding that the situation is fluid.
Hospital officials will meet Friday morning to discuss ongoing preparations to have the operating rooms functioning again. The operating rooms have been out of service since early last Wednesday morning when ventilation systems failed and cold air got inside, causing heating coils to freeze and crack.
Hospital officials had yet to pinpoint the cause of the problem by early this week. They said multiple systems failed, including pumps that circulate fluid through the coils.
The WRHA projected earlier in the week that more than 200 elective or scheduled surgeries at St. Boniface would be postponed by the end of this week. Health Sciences Centre and Grace General Hospital have been performing the bulk of emergency or urgent surgeries St. B would have normally handled.
St. Boniface, the province’s second biggest hospital, has about 20 per cent of the city’s surgical capacity.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Fontaine rushed to hospital before her disappearance
Mix of sun and rain for Labour Day weekend
Wasylycia-Leis in command: poll
Lost man lived on all-dressed chips, rainwater
Juno Award-winning Jason Plumb, formerly of The Waltons, to play at News Café
Surrounding construction costs feline rescue centre $20K
Ex-Bison admits PED use
Domestic dispute deadly: police
Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul
A war for Britain
Two in hospital after early-morning assault
Changing of the guard downtown
Former Trailer Park Boys' movie, website tear the taste envelope wide open
Comedian Joan Rivers hospitalized in New York City
Life of a pot-store owner: Guards and cash
With a splat, paintball fires into Afghanistan
The Canadian tux: Tips on donning double denim
In first, memorial will be open on night of 9-11