For immediate release Contact: Shandi Brinkman
January 22, 2015 Media Relations Specialist
Small fire quickly contained at OMC
A small fire in a computer control room at Ozarks Medical Center was quickly
contained on Thursday, Jan. 22. The fire broke out around 3 p.m. on Thursday
afternoon in a room containing computer equipment located outside the
OMC Emergency Department.
The OMC Emergency Department was evacuated due to smoke. There were no
injuries. According to Gay Watson, OMC Senior Executive Director of Marketing,
the fire was not close to any patient care areas and no patients, visitors
or staff were in danger during the fire.
"Because of the nature of the equipment housed in this control room,
it features advanced smoke and heat detection sensors which sounded quickly
when a power supply in the room caught fire," she said. "The
fire department and other emergency personnel responded immediately and
quickly contained the fire."
Patients in the OMC Emergency Department were evacuated to the hospital's
Outpatient Surgery. Incoming emergency patients were also diverted to
the Outpatient Surgery area and non-urgent patients diverted to the OMC
Urgent Care Clinic.
The control room is part of the new Emergency Department addition, which
opened in 2010. Watson said the area has its own ventilation system and
no other areas of the hospital were impacted by smoke.
"By 4:20 p.m. patients and families were returned to the Emergency
Department and we resumed normal operations," she said. "We
appreciate the great responses by the West Plains Fire Department, Police
Department and the OMC team to ensure patients were safe, comfortable
and well –cared for."