- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Operating rooms at the Anchorage VA clinic have been closed amid ventilation problems and could remain that way for months.

The Alaska Dispatch-News reports (https://bit.ly/1d1AG7q ) that the two rooms at the Alaska Veterans Affairs Healthcare System were closed in February and again in March.

Public Affairs Officer Samuel Hudson says the Alaska VA has moved 50 to 60 outpatient surgeries to a hospital at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and has not cancelled or delayed any operations.

Alaska VA Chief of Facilities Management Services Douglas Lofgren says the ventilation problem was discovered by a nurse in February when she saw a small amount of dust on a typically clean table.

The clinic’s air ducts were cleaned, but the dust returned.

Lofgren estimates that fixing the problem will take five to eight months.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com


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