Damages still are being assessed, and the hospital is currently working with its insurance carrier to determine a final figure. Insurance claim adjusters have said it would be a six-figure claim.
No care was disrupted, and no patients were affected in the incident.
In other news:
* The lung screening program that the hospital started two weeks ago has seen dozens of patients.
For a flat $99 rate, Thomas provides lung-screenings to chronic smokers without an appointment. The low-dose CT lung scan looks for nodules or lesions.
"We have identified a couple of heavy smoking patients with positive CT scans, and they're in the process now of being evaluated," Gray said.
People over 50 who have smoked for 20 years or more are at high risk. The hospital aims to detect cancer before it has advanced to noticeable physical symptoms.
* The hospital has bought new urology equipment for "a couple hundred thousand dollars," officials said.
The equipment uses high-definition cameras with light wavelengths to illuminate the bladder and ureters. The light wavelengths illuminate the bladder and can indicate spots that may call for a biopsy.
"We're now bypassing the step of having to inject the patient with IV medication prior to cystoscopy that would concentrate in the bladder," Gray said. "We're now using light wavelengths to highlight places for biopsy."
For more information on Thomas Memorial Hospital, visit http://www.thomaswv.org.
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