Patient care not compromised during water main break

By Denise Jackson

February 10, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Water service for both Unity Point Methodist and OSF St. Francis Medical Center was affected by Monday's water main break. However, hospital officials say that patient care was not compromised.

Unity Point Methodist spokeperson Rosemary Stuttle says when the break occurred the hospital's emergency plan kicked into gear.

"There were surgeries taking place. They need water for cleaning equipment. They immediately converted to bottle water to take care of that. We did delay any future surgeries until we knew what we were gonna have," she said.

OSF St. Francis Medical Center also used bottled water. OSF St. Francis Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Robert Anderson says the biggest challenge is enforcing the boil order.

"The boil order that's currently in effect has caused us to have to step back and take a look at some of our processes for hygiene and that type of thing, just to make sure we're handling everything appropriately," Anderson said.

Even though water service has been restored, signs are posted near water fountains at both facilities until the boil order is lifted.