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Rainy summer causes moisture problems at Chambersburg Hospital

Written by Ashley Books/The Chambersburg Public Opinion | Sep 7, 2018 10:36 AM
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(Markell DeLoatch, Public Opinion)

(Chambersburg) - Repairs are underway at Chambersburg Hospital for moisture-related issues at the building, according to a news release from Summit Health.

Following a rainy summer, moisture was noticed in a portion of the building near several windows. The release said the hospital determined that repairs were needed to the window flashing in a portion of the building, after consulting with building envelope specialists.

The hospital is working with remediation experts from the Baxter Group and Service Master to identify areas where water may have seeped through, and to repair them. Moisture and any spots of mold have been properly contained and remediated at this time, the release added.

The area of the hospital with the moisture is closed to staff and patients while experts fix the problem.

The Baxter Group said moisture issues are common in buildings and homes around the area after this summer's rain. CEO and President Jocelyne Melton said records show that July was the third-wettest month since 1888 in the area.

"It's created problems across Franklin County; people who have never had moisture in their basements or attics have noticed it for the first time," Melton added.

The county on Friday closed the Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham's courtroom in Greencastle to test the air quality. The carpet was wet and moisture was dripping from the ventilation system. Cunningham is to share MDJ Jody Eyer's office and courtroom in Mercersburg for two or three months.

Melton said outdoor humidity and moisture are higher than they are inside Chambersburg Hospital.

"At this time, I would say the moisture issue at Chambersburg Hospital is a slight elevation, it's a warning," Melton said. "Right now, there is no danger to staff or patients. Chambersburg Hospital didn't want to take a chance, and as soon as they thought there might be an issue, they brought us in. They didn't waste any time, and that was crucial."

Hospital officials said the moisture is no cause for alarm, but officials wanted to share the information in order to be transparent. The hospital is asking for patience and understanding as it addresses the situation.

For updates, visit SummitHealth.org/newsroom.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The Chambersburg Public Opinion

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