Cockroaches shut down cafeteria at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KABC) -- A cafeteria at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica used by hospital staff, doctors and visitors was shut down after a county health inspector found evidence of a cockroach infestation.

The health official found at least 10 live cockroaches during a routine inspection earlier this week in the kitchen of the cafeteria, located on the second floor of the hospital in the 2100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard.

In a statement, the hospital chain Providence Health & Services said the problem was contained to one cafeteria and had no impact on food preparation for hospital patients. Officials said their meals are prepared in another area of the hospital.

Providence Health & Services blamed prolonged hot weather for enticing bugs into the building in search of food and water.

The cafeteria has been closed for two days to safely and effectively manage the problem under the guidance of county health officials.

Officials with the hospital and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health expect to reopen the cafeteria on Saturday.
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