St. Francis Health Center reopens after water main break

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has reopened both the St. Francis Health Center at 825 E. Pikes Peak Ave., and its administrative support center at 2020 N. Cascade Ave., following water sprinkler main breaks during sub-zero temperatures over the weekend.

Eleven patients in the Penrose-St. Francis in-patient behavioral health unit were taken to Penrose Hospital. Seven are still at Penrose today, but officials say thy will be transferred to another facility by the end of the week.

The hospital had planned to close its in-patient behavioral health unit at the end of this month. PSF is working with community partners to accelerate the move, which will generate 20 new beds for the facility.

Following the water main break, patients from Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care were transferred to Laurel Manor, with hospice staff providing care. The administrative offices on the sixth floor were not affected by the water problems. The hospice pharmacy and all other ancillary services are open for business. In-patient services could resume at St. Francis Health Center by mid-week.

PSF and Pikes Peak Hospice agreed to move inpatient services to the sixth floor of Penrose Hospital. That move will occur later this year. The administrative offices will remain at St. Francis Health Center.