Kaiser Permanente officials said Friday they have completed all required testing of repairs to a broken water main that forced the temporary closure of its Woodland Hills hospital, but they are still awaiting state and county approvals before full operations can resume.

Kaiser officials said once those approvals come through, “we anticipate that we will be able to implement a gradual reopening of the medical center, possibly beginning Sunday, Jan. 26, with emergency and urgent care services.”

The water main break occurred Sunday night, cutting off water to the medical center at 5601 De Soto Ave., near the Ventura (101) Freeway, and forcing staff to cancel surgeries and doctors’ appointments.

A temporary water line was installed earlier this week, but the hospital still was not able to resume operations. Urgent care services ceased at 9 p.m. Tuesday and the emergency department was closed as of 11 p.m.

“Our commitment to ensure our patients’ safety and well-being remains our highest priority,” according to a Kaiser statement. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused to our members, patients, physicians, staff and community as a result of temporarily closing services and operations at this location. We appreciate their continued patience and understanding.”

Updates and information are available online at Kp.org/woodlandhills.

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