The emergency department of the St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale will continue to divert patients while they clean up following a water main break that flooded the lower levels of the hospital.

The radiology department also remains closed until further notice.

Most hospital-based outpatient services, including respiratory, cardiology and oncology reopened yesterday.

The laboratory is limited to blood draws and is open between 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients who need x-rays, laboratory services and who have non-emergent illnesses and conditions may visit St. Luke's Urgent Care Center on 1104 North St. in Jim Thorpe until 11 p.m. The hours were extended to handle patient volume.

Hospital officials have reinstated patient visitations yesterday afternoon. All patients and visitors are asked to enter the hospital via the Emergency Department entrance on the ground floor. Updates will continue to be provided as they become available.

Andrea Visnosky-Hahn, director of marketing/public relations, tells members of the community and employees of the hospital to call the hot line for an updated recording at (570) 645-1500. Family members can call (570) 645-8205 with any patient concerns. "Our staff has been wonderful in dealing with this complication," said Visnosky-Hahn, adding that many employees are going out of their way to help departments affected.