• Hurricane Season 2012

    Posted on August 26th, 2012

    Written by Wayne Brackin


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    We have settled in for the duration of Tropical Storm Isaac.  All of our hospitals are open as always.  Our urgent care centers are closed today, and patients are accepted at any of our six Emergency Departments. At this time, the PineApp shows under 30-minute wait times at the ED’s. For the first time, we sent a push notification about the urgent care center operations to our PineApp subscribers — a very useful new communication tool.

    Staff got in without incident this morning, with only one complaint about how we could expect “bad hair days.”  At this point, streets are clear and flooding only where it normally floods.  Overnight , there were some strong bands passing through that got everyone’s attention.  We can expect that for the next 18 hours, with periods of calm interrupted by intense rain and wind.  This morning, within a 15-minute period, my neighborhood went from calm rain to five minutes of sunshine to tree-bending deluge. That’s just how it is going to be.

    Hospital schedules are normal, unless otherwise noted. Our principal adjustment for the storm was to cancel elective procedures for Monday morning.  We just don’t want to put patients and families on the road at 6 or 7 a.m. in unpredictable conditions. Elective procedure schedules will resume at 12 noon on Monday.  We will have our Emergency Preparedness staff manning their office starting at 2 p.m. today as a resource to all our facilities, checking that we have appropriate staff and coordinating transportation as necessary through our Transfer Center.

    Everyone has been in synch, on point, and focused on caring for the 1,000-plus patients we have in our hospital beds and ED’s. Thank you to everyone for always making our patients the top priority.

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