Storm causes major damage to PHX VA Hospital

Posted at 4:51 AM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 07:51:03-04

Monday's monsoon storm caused major damage at the Phoenix VA Hospital.

Hospital officials say they are relocating patients from rooms within the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, closing the hospital to new admissions and canceling some procedures due to storm damage. 

More than 40 patient rooms experienced damage from wind and rain during the storm, according to VA Hospital spokeswoman Jean Schaefer

Schaefer said patients in the affected rooms were moved to other rooms. 

The hospital is also transporting Veterans to other area emergency rooms. 

The hospital experienced a total power failure, which affected all IT networks and telephone systems. Officials say emergency power systems performed as expected

VA crews are conducting a room-by-room survey to determine the extent of the damage and how it will affect hospital operations this week.

Schaefer said rooms which experienced water damage will remain unoccupied until remediation activities have been completed and have passed an inspection.