COLUMBUS (WBNS) – Legionella bacteria has been detected at Mount Carmel College of Nursing, the hospital network confirmed to 10 Investigates.
No known illnesses or symptoms have been reported following the discovery there.
The same expert who was hired by Mount Carmel Health Systems to test and treat the water supply at Mount Carmel Grove City is the expert who conducted the testing at the College of Nursing.
At Mount Carmel Grove City, 1 person died and 16 others were sickened after the legionella bacteria was found in the hot water supply earlier this summer.
Hospital executives admitted that they failed to adequately re-test and re-clean the water supply on certain floors prior to the newly constructed Mount Carmel Grove City hospital opening in late April.
A copy of the email sent to nursing students was forwarded to 10 Investigates:
With all of the recent transformation happening on the Franklinton campus, we have experienced disruptions in our water flow. We proactively tested our water sources and found levels of legionella in Marian Hall that required disinfection.
Please know we have no reports of illness or any case of Legionnaires' disease related to this issue; we are simply taking every precaution to ensure the water supply is safe.
I'm sure the first question many of you will have is if the water in the student residence halls are safe. We brought in a nationally recognized building water system legionella risk management expert, Tim Keane, who has performed testing within the student residence halls and found the water to be safe. He has said, "The student residence halls at Mount Carmel College of Nursing have an excellent hot water system design that provides the lowest possible risk for bacteria."
Marian Hall's entire water supply has undergone disinfection. The cold water is safe and does not require a filter, including all drinking fountains. We installed temporary filters on hot water fixtures, providing an extremely effective barrier to legionella.
We will continue testing the hot water, and once we are satisfied with the results, we will remove the temporary filters. If a water source that requires a filter cannot be modified appropriately, the water has been shut off to that fixture.
Water sources at other sites on the Franklinton campus and on our own campus were tested and found to be safe; however, we are disinfecting these sites as well—simply to take every precaution.
As we continue to transform the campus over the next 12 months, we will continue to monitor for all potential safety issues (for example, the fencing around the demolition area). Water testing will continue throughout the transformation process.
Legionella are bacteria found naturally in fresh water environments. It can become a health concern when found in high levels in building water systems. It is not transmitted from person to person. It is spread by breathing in water droplets that contain the bacteria. For most people, the risk of developing Legionnaires' disease is low.
Your safety is our top priority. If you or your family have any questions, please let us know.