The emergency room at Mercy Hospital Cassville has reopened to patients after a fire Monday temporarily closed the facility.
An ambulance crew, doctor and emergency room staff have remained on-site to treat patients having emergencies who came in by private car. Now, the facility can once again accept ambulance traffic as the ER is fully functional.
“We know how critical quick care is in an emergency,” said Valerie Davis, administrator of Mercy Hospital Cassville. “We have been laser focused on reopening the ER since the fire on Monday. But we had to ensure the building would be safe for patients and co-workers.”
Positive final inspections today of the medical gas system (for things like oxygen) and an air quality survey cleared the facility to reopen the ER. Other areas of the hospital, like the medical/surgical unit where the fire happened, will likely remain closed for several months while repairs are made.
Hospital-based outpatient services, like cardiac rehab, therapy, radiology and lab will resume tomorrow. Staff has alerted patients.
Mercy Clinic Family Medicine – Cassville is connected to the main hospital and has also been closed since Monday. It will reopen to patients March 1, and phones are being answered for anyone who needs to schedule an appointment. The providers relocated temporarily this week to Mercy clinics in Shell Knob and Monett and have been seeing their patients there.
The fire began about 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 in a rooftop HVAC unit. When smoke detectors sounded, Mercy co-workers immediately evacuated all six patients to waiting ambulances. Mercy co-workers contacted patients’ families, and all were taken to Mercy Hospital Aurora. No one was hurt.
“Once again, we’d like to thank our co-workers for their quick action, the firefighters who responded so quickly and everyone from law enforcement to our board members and off-duty co-workers who showed up immediately,” Davis said. “This is truly a community hospital, and the care this community has given us inspired our efforts to quickly resume the care they deserve in return.”