September 6, 2017: A chemical spill in a lab area of Washington Adventist Hospital forced a partial evacuation of the hospital yesterday morning.
Local news source, Takoma Park Patch, reported that officials called for a partial evacuation/shelter-in place at the hospital as hazmat crews responded to the accident.
The facility was placed on “mini-disaster” status. Since the spill took place in a contained area, away from patients, the status was called off shortly afterward according to the Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, Pete Piringer.
Washington Adventist Hospital is part of the not-for-profit Adventist HealthCare network which includes four hospitals, mental health services and home health agencies that serve the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Adventist HealthCare is not part of the West Coast’s Adventist Health network of hospitals nor is it part of Adventist Health System, headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida.