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Kaiser in Woodland Hills Cancels Surgeries, Appointments Because of Water Main Break

Port-a-potties, emergency water supplies and pre-packaged meals replaced regular services for a second straight day on Monday.

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Surgeries and doctors' appointments Monday were canceled for a second day at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center because of a water main break that has left the hospital without service likely until Thursday, officials said.

The break occurred Saturday night, cutting off water to the hospital located at 5601 DeSoto Ave., near the Ventura (101) Freeway.

Hospital officials said Monday that they don't expect full water service again until Thursday. A temporary water line has been installed while the longer-term water line repair is undertaken -- however, it will take 48 hours to ensure the water is safe for all health care use, according to Murtaza Sanwari, senior VP & area manager for Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center.

About 70 patients remain at the facility, and hospital officials have transferred out about two dozen patients, Sanwari said.

The facility is diverting ambulances from the emergency room, according to Dr. Gregory Kelman, area medical director for Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills.

"We're designed to address emergency situations, and we continue to partner with other facilities in the community as well as our sister facilities to ensure the safety of our patients," Sanwari said.

Port-a-potties, emergency water supplies and pre-packaged meals replaced regular services for a second straight day on Monday.

Patients who have questions can call Kaiser at 833-KP4-CARE or 833-576-2273. Additional information is also available Kp.org/woodlandhills.

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