Odor shuts down South Hills Medical Building at Jefferson Regional Medical Center
The annex of the South Hills Medical Building at Jefferson Regional Medical Center reopened late Tuesday afternoon once the issue was resolved of a pungent odor that sickened several employees, forcing the facility to be evacuated.
Jefferson Regional spokeswoman Candy Williams said employees at the facility along Coal Valley Road reported the smell around 11 a.m. and emergency responders arrived around 11:30 a.m.
“Some medical office workers on the fifth floor of the annex experienced a pungent odor and exhibited signs of dizziness and nausea,” Williams said.
“Nine of them went to our emergency room and were being treated. As a result, the hospital evacuated that portion of the building,” she said.
An Allegheny County Hazmat team tested air quality, but Williams said they were unable to determine a cause for the odor.
“All nine of those workers have also been discharged from the emergency room,” she said.
Williams stressed that no portion of the hospital was endangered by the incident.
“Patients in the hospital were safe and not affected by this,” she said. “The (medical building) is mainly offices, and patients who had appointments in the afternoon are being asked to call their physicians to reschedule.”
The building is scheduled to be open as usual on Wednesday.
Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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