W.Va. VA hospital says mold removal is finished

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Some of the 175 veterans displaced by mold in air-conditioning units should begin returning to their rooms at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg in October.

The patients are dealing with substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues.

Some were sent to hotels or other VA-owned property last month. Eleven have since transferred to other VA facilities.

Hospital spokesman Mike McAleer tells The Journal (http://bit.ly/16dCRKX) that the mold removal is now finished.

He says the return of the patients should be finished by mid-November.

McAleer did not answer the newspaper’s questions about the remediation costs or the costs of temporary housing.

The individual units that had the mold have been replaced with ceiling units that McAleer says increase air flow, facilitate maintenance and repair access, and limit condensation.

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Information from: The Journal, http://journal-news.net/

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