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Berkeley Medical Center reopens two operating rooms damaged by flood waters

By Toni Milbourne, The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Officials with WVU Medicine confirmed that Berkeley Medical Center will come off surgical and trauma diversion and reopen two of its operating rooms.

The medical center closed all 10 of its operating rooms following flooding over Memorial Day weekend.

The flooding, according to information provided by the medical center, occurred during the hospital’s ongoing first-floor expansion project from a construction mishap that resulted in a breach between the first and second floors that allowed rainwater to enter. While there were no injuries as a result, there was significant damage that caused the hospital to operate on surgical and trauma diversion, defined as only accepting trauma, obstetric and other emergent surgical cases. The reopening of two of the operating rooms, effective Friday, allowed the medical center to come off of diversion status.

“We are thrilled to be able to open two of our operating rooms even earlier than we anticipated,” said Jason Turner, M.D., chief of surgery at Berkeley Medical Center. “This milestone has been achieved through the outstanding efforts of all of our team members over the past four weeks. We extend our deepest gratitude to everyone involved, including frontline staff, incident command center (ICC), anesthesia, surgeons and administration.”

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