Brockton Hospital announced that it will likely be closed for the next three months after a massive fire broke out in its facility earlier this month. Over 170 patients had to be evacuated from the facility at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported at this time.
According to 7 News Boston, damage assessment and evaluations are still ongoing, saying that the reopening will be contingent on “supply chain and access to necessary materials.”
With the hospital closed down, Good Samaritan Medical Center has the only emergency room open to the community, reportedly putting a strain on the hospital. 7 News Boston reports that ambulance companies have begun diverting all patients to Good Samaritan, doubling emergency intake over the last two weeks.
Brockton Hospital’s parent company Signature Healthcare plans to open two urgent cares in the coming weeks to help ease the medical demand.
“The fire emergency at Brockton Hospital has dramatically impacted our staff and the community over the past nine days,” the hospital said in a statement on its website. “Signature Healthcare’s mission remains unchanged, to support our community and deliver medically necessary services to all in need regardless of status or ability to pay. Brockton Hospital has been a long-standing institution in the City of Champions for over 125 years. We plan to be here for the next 125 years, fulfilling the same mission to care for our community. Our incredible staff continues to rise to the occasion. Since immediate efforts to safely evacuate and transport patients without incident subsided, our teams have been working day and night to provide solutions for our community’s healthcare needs and to provide much-needed access.”
Mackenna Moralez is the associate editor of the facilities market.