• Hurricane Season 2011

    Posted on August 23rd, 2011

    Written by Wayne Brackin


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    The situation for us here in Miami and the Keys, and all of South Florida, has continued to improve.  We now expect Hurricane Irene to brush by us off-shore, with the most likely effects being similar to the typical strong thunderstorms we normally experience this time of year. 

    Baptist Health will maintain normal operations as we expect no disruption related to Hurricane Irene.  It is likely that we will see some heavy rain from feeder bands on Thursday and Friday, so take that into consideration as you travel to and from work.

    We will continue to monitor the situation. Thanks to everyone for their expressions of dedication and availability to care for our patients no matter what the weather.  It is deeply appreciated

    In the meantime, we had a Baptist Health team go down to Haiti late last week to perform surgical (58 cases!) and medical work for the many still in dire post earthquake circumstances.  On this trip were Michele Ryder, Tony Gonzalez, Magdalie Gedeon, Aylin Vidal, Lois Wise-Kist Iccledan Acclien, Priscilla Bailey, Michael Canning, Valerie Davis, Antoine Dessources, Roselaure Gousse, Socrates Haydar, Ivannia Hernandez, Bret Kendon, Kris Kist, Pierre Limosin, Tameeka Loussaint, Salvador Marin, Martha Pearson, Francisco Perez, Yeni Rauda, Luc Richards, Mabel Rodriguez, Farah Saint-Louis, Samuel Saturn, Ytimea Sony, Nancy Thelusma, Jorge Valdes, Ken Willis and Calvin Babcock.  As the storm began to approach Haiti we were concerned about them finishing their work in time to get out of there.  Fortunately that worked out.  We did, however, have to evacuate one of our surgeons who fell ill while doing surgery there.  I want to recognize Elmer Loaiza, supervisor of transport for the Baptist Health Transfer Center, for expeditiously getting our sick doc out of there in a hurry (ably assisted by David Aragon)  Your expertise in patient transport logistics is unequaled.  By the way, the hidden jewel TTC moves 2,000 patients a month to make sure that our patients are in the right bed, at the right facility, with the right staff, and the right equipment.

    Due to storm, we also had to postpone a trip to The Bahamas that is an annual effort to assist several orphanages there.  Each year the staff of South Miami Hospital donates clothing, school supplies and other needed items.  On this trip are Nancy Pobiones, Rooney Brodie, Christine Stiltner-Angulo, and Karen Vassell from West Kendall Baptist Hospital.  Rest assured, as soon as we get clearance from the Bahamians, they will be there.

    One more thing, Baptist Health was named one of the Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare Magazine(again) this week.  These people named above, and the things they do, are a big part of why we are just that.

    Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
    Goodnight Irene, Goodnight Irene
    I’ll see you in my dreams

    Goodnight Irene — Leadbelly

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