DENVER (KDVR) — AdventHealth Porter, a hospital in Denver, announced Monday afternoon that it temporarily suspended all services and was closed to new patients because of a lack of hot water and heat from a failed boiler.
The emergency department at the hospital also was closed.
“It was basically brought on by the cold snap that we had yesterday. It had overtaxed the single boiler that we were running on last night,” said Todd Folkenberg, CEO of AdventHealth Porter.
The hospital, in the 2500 block of South Downing Street, was in the process of rescheduling all surgeries and procedures scheduled from Monday through Wednesday.
Local EMS agencies were working with the hospital to transport patients to nearby facilities.
“It got a little chilly, but we were covered in blankets and watched the ambulances roll up to the backside of the hospital,” said Bruce Glendening, who said he’d been a patient for a week before he was discharged Monday.
According to AdventHealth, the outage does not include the medical office buildings at 850 and 950 E. Harvard Ave.
AdventHealth said an emergency boiler was on the way and would be installed as soon as possible.
“We actually have a boiler that we ordered two weeks ago that’s en route to Texas, and it should get here tomorrow night. It’s a question mark as of right now when they’ll hook up that boiler, but we’re counting in hours and days, not weeks,” Folkenberg said.
The hospital was also working to determine staffing needs for the near future.
FOX31’s Samantha Spitz contributed reporting.