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Update: April 9, 2012

Update - GRH laboratory closure and possible elective procedure delays

On Monday, April 2, Grand River Hospital (GRH) closed its laboratory following the possible contamination by a laboratory specimen called Coccidioides immitis. Sections of the laboratory are being re-opened, while other areas that are at a higher risk of contamination are under-going decontamination.

Coccidioides immitis is a soil borne fungus that is common in some areas of southwestern parts of the United States and is not spread through person to person contact. The contamination was discovered in its early stages and has been confined to the laboratory. The laboratory was closed to ensure the safety of our staff working in the area until decontamination has taken place.

Patients and visitors coming into the hospital are not at risk for being exposed to the contaminant.

The hospital remains open to patients, although the laboratory closure may affect some elective procedures and blood work. Patients whose procedures are delayed will be notified by the hospital and rescheduled as soon as possible. If you are scheduled for an elective procedure and do not receive a phone call from the hospital, please come to the hospital as planned.

The hospital will continue to assess the situation on a day-to-day basis. All other programs and services in the hospital are operating under normal operations.

GRH is committed to providing exceptional care to the community as we work to resolve this situation. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.

For more information, please contact:
Mark Karjaluoto, Director of Communications
Office: (519) 749-4300 extension 2788
Pager: (519) 244-3088
mark.karjaluoto@grhosp.on.ca
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