Oct 30, 2012 8:32 PM by Andy Koen

Two dozen report sickness from tainted water at medical building

At least two dozen people have reported feeling sick after it's believed they drank contaminated water at a local medical building.

Memorial Hospital closed all of its outpatient facilities at the offices it leases inside the Printers Park Medical Plaza for the rest of the week. Additionally, a recorded message at Front Range Orthopedics, which also has offices in the building, states that their offices there are closed indefinitely due to an unforeseen water contamination issue.

Memorial spokesperson Brian Newsome says 24 people, including 17 employees, have gone to the emergency department feeling nauseous and lightheaded. Some said the water had a strange color and odor.

"We just don't want to be in a position of taking any chances," Newsome said of the closure. "With patients especially, you just can't take chances. So, we're closed for the rest of the week."

In the meantime, he says Memorial has been scrambling to reschedule hundreds of appointments with patients.

The building is owned by Nexcore Group, a real estate company that caters to healthcare providers. Calls to their Denver office Tuesday afternoon were not immediately returned.

A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Public Health confirms they have been made aware of the situation. However, he couldn't say whether there was an investigation into the water quality at the building.

Newsome encouraged any patients and visitors to the building who are feeling ill to call HealthLink at 444-2273 to speak to a nurse, or go to the emergency department for treatment.

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