Pennock Hospital

Spectrum Health Pennock Water Testing Complete

Results show water is clean and safe

Grand Rapids, Mich., March 7, 2019 – Spectrum Health Pennock today announced that continued water testing shows zero evidence of Legionella bacteria in the hospital’s water.

“The health and safety of our patients, community and employees is of utmost importance to us,” said Angie Ditmar, president, Spectrum Health Pennock. “We acted quickly when we learned of the problem, and we are committed to making sure the water remains safe and clean.”

Results of water testing received on Dec. 26, 2018, showed that water samples taken from the hospital tested positive for Legionella bacteria. While the risk of getting pneumonia from exposure to this bacteria is generally low, hospitalized people can be at greater risk due to their pre-existing health conditions. Therefore, hospital officials addressed this risk in the short-term by installing filters on faucets and showers, followed by installing a water treatment system for long-term control.

Hospital officials continued to monitor the water by submitting water samples to Special Pathogens Laboratory, a lab specializing in testing for Legionella bacteria. All tests have confirmed that water samples taken after these prevention measures tested negative for Legionella bacteria.



Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

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