The Commerce Journal

Local News

October 24, 2012

Commerce hospital temporarily shut down due to rodents

COMMERCE — The Hunt Regional Community Hospital in Commerce will be shut down for the next five to seven days due to a rodent infestation, according to Hunt Regional Healthcare CEO Richard Carter. The rodents were discovered Tuesday by a company retained by Hunt Regional for pest control at all of their facilities, and the infestation was confirmed Wednesday, Carter said.

“Effective 6 p.m. Oct. 24, all services have been shut down,” he said. “Inpatients have been discharged or transferred to appropriate facilities. We still have one patient that we expect to be transferred.”

The infestation does not currently present a health risk, according to Carter. The rodents were confined to the roof and attic of the building.

“There has been no evidence of rodents in the patient care areas or the food service area,” he said. “There are no health risks to patients and staff at this time. In order to be on the safe side, we decided it needs to be transparent that there is an issue and we’re taking immediate action to take care of it.”

According to Assistant Administrator John Heatherly, the rats probably originated in an abandoned building south of the hospital owned by Dr. Bill Aslan.

The hospital has attempted to work with the city to take care of the abandoned building, but the building remains a hazard, according to Carter.

“We have tried to work with the powers that be to see if we could get that taken care of, but that has not taken hold and we suspect the abandoned building is the origination of the rodents,” he said. “If they have been able to breach our building, then they have probably breached other buildings in the area.”

According to Carter, the medical staff has been notified and are supportive of the decision. The county-wide ambulance service, American Medical Response, is aware of the situation and will transport 911 emergency patients to the nearby facilities best suited to address the patients’ needs. Employees of the hospital are either being accommodated at the Greenville hospital or are taking vacation days, Carter said.

The building has been thoroughly inspected and sealed, according to Carter.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • A&M-Commerce announces guaranteed tuition plan

    Texas A&M University-Commerce will roll out a new guaranteed tuition plan called [in]tuition beginning in the fall semester of 2014. [in]tuition guarantees all students a set rate on tuition and mandatory fees for two or four years, depending on their classification.

    July 20, 2014

  • Muralupdate1.jpg Organizations come together to beautify Commerce

    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the City of Commerce have partnered to bring a new “Vintage” mural to Commerce, highlighting the city’s and iconic brand’s longstanding relationship and heritage.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canadian tour bus accident leaves one dead, 50 injured

    A teenage girl died and more than 50 people were injured when a Canadian tour bus skidded off Interstate 87, broke through a median guard rail and rolled on its side down a steep embankment in northeastern New York.

    July 19, 2014

  • Council approves members, passes glass bottle ordinance

    The Commerce Parks and Recreation Board is now fully staffed, following the approval of three members by the Commerce City Council.

    July 18, 2014

  • Dan_Flynn.jpg State lawmaker intends to re-file 10 Commandments legislation

    The Texas Department of Transportation initiated a fierce debate earlier this year after informing a Texas woman that she could no longer display a sign featuring the 10 Commandments.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gomery Michigan ex-prosecutor arrested in murder-for-hire plot

    A former Michigan prosecutor was charged Monday with soliciting a hitman to murder the attorney who represented a business partner in a contentious fraud and malpractice lawsuit over the ownership of a golf course.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • School tax rate increases

    Low property values and a decrease in enrollment caused a slight tax increase for Commerce Independent School District, according to Finance Director John Walker.

    July 14, 2014

  • g258000000000000000c4985ae14aba1b54c02044ccfe867384c3b14f48.jpg Airman laid to rest back home in Indiana six decades after death

    Unchecked tears rolled down Paul Martin’s lined face as he clutched the hand of an Air Force servicewoman who handed him a handwritten note at the graveside service for his older brother.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meet new pastor Dr. Gregory Neal, enjoy FUMC Commerce ‘Jeopardy’

    “What is a fun way to meet the new pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce?”

    July 11, 2014

  • Hospital to open next spring

    Hospital officials and local politicians were in Commerce last week to mark the ground breaking of Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center at Commerce, an approximately $5 million facility that will be located on Highway 24 between Whitley Residence Hall and the President’s House.

    July 9, 2014

Featured Ads

Poll

How many games do you think the Lions will win in 2014?

7-9 wins
4-6 wins
1-3 wins
     View Results
Must Read
Facebook
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide