VA Boiler's Back in Service

A boiler broke down at Sheridan's VA Medical Center last week, but Public Affairs Officer Jackie Van Mark said a backup boiler kicked in and the hospital never lost heat

She said patient care was unaffected by the incident, which happened Wednesday, and since that time the primary boiler has been repaired and is running well.

The VA is in the process of replacing its main boiler system, which is work that should be finished within a couple of months. The public affairs officer said the hospital has been using two temporary boilers, one as its primary and the other as backup, for more than a year. She said the 105-bed hospital does have a plan in place, with resources to help if the hospital should have to evacuate its patients for any reason.

The public affairs officer said the VA contacted its resources, which include Sheridan Memorial Hospital and Wyoming Homeland Security, in event patients would need to be evacuated. But she added that did not become necessary.