Columbus Hospital Learns Lessons From 2008 Flood


Helping to direct much of the renovation work was Dave Lenart, the hospital’s director of facilities and materials management.

Lenart said the final major renovation was opening of the Endoscopy Center this spring. Construction of the flood wall and gates was finished last year.

The task began with removing damaged furniture, equipment and building materials. It continued with extensive cleaning, repairs and renovation. Along the way, many of the hospital’s services and operations changed locations within the building, and some moved off-site.

Bickel said the management team took a critical look at the best, safest and most efficient spot for services.

The pharmacy, for example, is critical for hospital operations. They determined that the basement, where the most severe flooding occurred, was not an ideal location, so it was moved to the first floor.

While working to get the hospital open again, officials also had to determine how to keep an event like this from happening again.

A flood-mitigation plan included three key points:

  • Filling in the loading dock with dirt, eliminating the main entry point for floodwater into the basement.
  • Building a flood wall around the hospital with gates that automatically rise when water encroaches.
  • Moving critical services out of the basement.

Bickel said he feels confident that the changes made will significantly reduce the impact of a flood should it happen again. “The loading dock was the single biggest contributor to the extent of the damage we had,” Bickel said. “It just acted like a funnel. Without it, floodwaters would have come around the building, but it would not have filled up the basement. I feel pretty confident of that.”

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