Flooding disrupts ThedaCare services

Fire hydrant malfunctions

An exterior fire hydrant malfunctioned and flooded a portion of the first floor of ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano early Tuesday.

The source has been contained and there is no risk to patient care, according to a statement from ThedaCare.

ThedaCare officials are delaying some surgeries, and ambulances heading to the emergency department are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some ambulances might be diverted to other hospitals if a patient needs higher-end imaging and lab capabilities, according to the statement.

However, the emergency department will continue to care for walk-in patients. If they need imaging or lab work, they, too, will be transferred to another hospital.