Mercy Medical Center cafeteria forced to close due to broken pipe

Incident happened Monday, Cafeteria expected to re-open Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the second day in a row, staff at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield had to deal with a broken pipe.

Mary Orr, spokesperson for the Sisters of Providence Health System, told 22News that a pipe broke at around 3:00 Monday afternoon in an exterior wall at the hospital’s patient registration area. Some of the water streamed into a section of the hospital’s cafeteria, which was then shut down to diners.

Orr said that the water did not reach the kitchen, however, and meals for patients continued to be made and delivered. The Springfield Fire Department was called in to help pump out the water. Once everything dried-out, the Department of Public Health came in to check on the cleanup and the plan to re-open the cafeteria Tuesday.

The incident Monday comes a little more than 24 hours after a pipe burst in the EMT room of the hospital’s emergency department. In that case, as was also the case on Monday, Orr said patients were not affected.

Many homeowners and businesses have been dealing with the problem of burst pipes in recent days, following the bitter cold temperatures we experienced over the Presidents Day Weekend.

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