Centura-Avista Adventist Hospital reopens Tuesday, January 18 after the Marshall Fireplace – CBS Denver
Louisville, Colorado (CBS4) – Centura-Avista Adventist Hospital plans to reopen next week after closing during the Marshall Fire. The hospital was evacuated on December 30th, 2021 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 18th.
The hospital was not damaged by the fire, but smoke damage did affect the interior of the building. With 100 Servpro employees and an industrial hygienist, the hospital is subjected to extensive professional cleaning around the clock.
The fire destroyed more than 1,000 buildings, most of them homes in Louisville, Superior, and Boulder. Staff are allowed to return to the hospital before the patients to prepare and take a moment to think and reconnect. A dozen Avista employees lost their homes to the fire and others suffered partial damage.
Centura Avista officials say the hospital’s air quality is in excellent condition and the first patients can return on Tuesday. All air filter systems have been replaced and more than 200 air washers have been in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week since the fire.
Cleaning also includes extensive air and water quality testing, extensive wiping of all surfaces, and testing of all equipment.
“When we reopen on Tuesday, January 18, our patients can be assured that our hospital is 100 percent safe and operational,” said Isaac Sendros, CEO of Centura-Avista Adventist Hospital, in a statement. “Our Avista teams and professional cleaning partners work tirelessly to clean every inch of our building, and our caregivers and I look forward to welcoming our communities back and continuing our healing mission as we have done since 1896.”
With hoses and buckets of water, employees were able to prevent flames from reaching the liquid oxygen tanks near the hospital. They also shut down the hospital’s air systems just minutes after the smoke was detected, which saved the building from major smoke damage.
“As wonderful as our reopening will be to our Avista ministry and community, we are sensitive to our colleagues who suffered losses in the fire and the hundreds of neighbors whose homes were on fire while the hospital was spared,” said Sendros in a statement. “We will keep them in our prayers and help them rebuild.”
All 51 patients were evacuated in less than 2 hours, and all caregivers could then be safely evacuated. Of these patients, 21 were discharged home and 30 were transferred to other Centura Health hospitals.