Moisture Damage from Hurricane Harvey is Prompting Room Closures and Repairs at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital

HOUSTON (Sept. 7, 2017) — Effective at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, Harris Health’s LBJ Hospital is taking steps to take out of service approximately 40 patient rooms due to water damage sustained during Hurricane Harvey. The hospital is requesting ambulance diversion until necessary facility repairs can be made.

Forty inpatient rooms have been identified with moisture damage, resulting from the unprecedented heavy rains during Hurricane Harvey. It is anticipated the moisture mitigation and reconstruction of several LBJ nursing units will last approximately four months.

“Complete moisture mitigation will require removal of drywall and insulation as part of the renovation,” says Alan Vierling, executive vice president and administrator, LBJ Hospital. “Harris Health has committed to working with its contractors to make the necessary repairs at LBJ as rapidly as possible.

“We do not have any air quality concerns at this time, but will continue to monitor and test all areas of the hospital throughout the renovation.

“Minimizing patient volume in the LBJ Emergency Center and working to safely relocate or discharge hospitalized patients from the identified areas is our first priority.”

For the near term, LBJ Hospital will operate with fewer beds and will defer performing elective procedures.
Scheduled obstetrics procedures and infant deliveries will be performed at Ben Taub Hospital.

All outpatient services on the LBJ Hospital campus are unaffected by the damage, and clinics will maintain their appointed schedules.

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