Welcome to Weathering the Storms, Baptist Health South Florida’s blog about our emergency preparedness efforts.

This blog serves as your source for updates and information from the perspective of South Florida’s largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization. Baptist Health’s emergency preparedness takes into account the health, safety and welfare of 15,000-plus employees, and a network of healthcare services that extend throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties.

We feel it is timely to share our preparedness expertise with our community and other healthcare partners in the region. With this shared knowledge, we’ll strive to “weather the storms” and remain safe. We encourage you to log on to our blog frequently, as new information will be posted real-time as often as necessary, especially during hurricane season. Moreover, the blog will always include anecdotes about previous hurricane seasons that will be informative, as well as somewhat entertaining. As a blog reader, you will be able to subscribe to our RSS feed for updates, and we welcome your comments to our postings.

Hurricane Plan

• Our hurricane plan covers Baptist, Baptist Children’s, Doctors, South Miami, Homestead, Mariners, and West Kendall Baptist Hospital, and the Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. In addition, we make special provisions for Baptist Outpatient Services and Baptist Primary Care, which includes outpatient diagnostic and urgent care facilities, such as Baptist Medical Plazas, surgical facilities and home health care services. We also monitor our International Center of Miami, one of the largest hospital-based international programs in America.

Wayne Brackin is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baptist Health South Florida, overseeing seven hospitals and more than 40 outpatient centers in hurricane-prone South Florida. He has been weathering storms in Baptist Health facilities since 1985, and has been recognized for his leadership in disaster preparedness and recovery. He serves as the organization’s Incident Commander for all disasters.