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JFL Canceling Wednesday’s Dialysis Patients to Address Moisture Issues

Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital is taking action to deal with problems from air conditioning moisture dripping into its dialysis machines and will be canceling Wednesday’s dialysis patients to do a deep cleaning, hospital officials said.

“We are working aggressively to address the challenges with our aging facility,” said acting Chief Executive Officer Richard Evangelista in a statement Tuesday. “The safety of our patients, employees and visitors come first, and our executive management team and maintenance department are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone at JFL is kept in a safe and comfortable environment."

Water from vents and ducts in the hospital’s air conditioning system seeped into the hemodialysis unit, causing concern, according to JFL Public Information Officer Erica Parsons.

"We are working to address it," Parsons said. "We had a contractor onsite and are working on a longer-term plan. Right now, the maintenance department is doing continuous checks to make sure the area is safe," Parsons added.

"Right now we are canceling our cases for (Wednesday) so we can get in there and do the appropriate cleaning," Parsons said.

The hospital recently replaced the chillers, the compressors that cool the air, but the air handling system is "as old as the facility itself" and is one of the hospital’s high-priority capital projects, she said.

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