Sisters of Charity Hospital St. Joseph Campus Following Health Department Directives After Water Emergency

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In response to last night’s ruptured water line, which affected Buffalo’s Northtowns and eastern suburbs, Catholic Health’s Sisters of Charity Hospital St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga immediately contacted the Erie County Department of Health (DOH) and is following DOH directives regarding the use of tap water within the hospital. At this time, no tap water can be used for drinking or washing.

Catholic Health and St. Joseph Campus administrators established an emergency command center at the hospital Wednesday night shortly after the ruptured water line was discovered. The hospital has a series of protocols in place in the event of a drop or loss of water pressure, which include distributing bottled water, ice, waterless hand sanitizer, and other personal hygiene products to patients, visitors and staff.

At the request of the Health Department, the hospital has also cancelled elective surgeries for today. All other services within the hospital, including the Emergency Department, are operating as usual. Sisters of Charity Hospital’s Main Street Campus is not affected.

The Hospital’s Infection Control and Patient Safety Departments are closely monitoring the situation and all patient care needs are being met.