Rockingham hospital gets all clear after bat infestation
Posted February 22, 2012
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital resumed admitting patients and providing emergency care Wednesday morning, four days after an infestation of bats forced the facility to close.
“Suspending inpatient and outpatient care was the right call,” John Jackson, president of the hospital, said in a statement. “While we do not believe there was any risk to patients, families, visitors or staff, it was best to suspend certain services while the remaining bats were removed and the bat removal company could assess the situation.”
The hospital worked with a professional bat removal service to expel the bats, which had been living in the walls.
The hospital began a top-to-bottom cleaning after the extermination, including cleaning lighting and air duct surfaces in the ceiling and removing, disinfecting and sanitizing all detachable objects in the patient rooms.