Category: Emergency Preparedness

State of Emergency: ‘Angel Nurses’ on Assignment to Grand Strand Medical Center

As Hurricane Matthew plummeted the Southeast last week and severely affected a South Carolina community we serve, HCA leaders at the corporate, division and local level organized to provide affiliate Grand Strand Medical Center the resources needed – in this case, nurses. The Myrtle Beach, S.C., hospital – a member of HCA’s South Atlantic Division – felt the brunt of the storm last Saturday, leaving the beach community with trees and power lines down, localized flooding, debris in the roadway and nursing staff (and others) unable to return to work. “We had 16 nurses callout on Sunday morning, and they… Read more.

National Preparedness Month: Prepared to Care

In an emergency – natural or man-made – everyone stands up for the benefit of the community and does what’s right: care for people. That’s why we recognize September as National Preparedness Month, plan for emergency situations, and remain at the ready for our communities in times of need. The success of preparedness is, first and foremost, having a plan in advance. Building solid relationships within that plan and before a disaster strikes are equally as important.  Take, for instance, the recent storms in Florida that resulted in a lightning strike and a subsequent power outage at affiliate Regional Medical… Read more.

Code Ready: Recognizing National Preparedness Month

September is known for the change of seasons, back to school and football.  It is also National Preparedness Month.  Since its inception in 2004, National Preparedness Month is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) annual outreach to strengthen our country’s resilience to disasters.  As a healthcare company, we have a duty to make sure that our healthcare facilities are operational during a natural, technological or man-made event and that each patient, physician and our communities are prepared individually. HCA has a comprehensive program to assist individuals and our facilities during a disaster.  Our Code Ready program provides information on how… Read more.

How Two TriStar Hospitals Became StormReady

Hospitals achieve StormReady designations from the National Weather Service After a major weather event, a hospital is where local residents head to get injuries treated. That’s as it should be, but two HCA hospitals are working to be the place where the community goes before the weather turns serious as well. TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center and TriStar Summit Medical Center are recognized as StormReady communities by the National Weather Service (NWS). This means that each facility has met rigorous standards for emergency first responder, patient, visitor and staff preparedness in the event of a natural disaster or serious weather event,… Read more.

Infectious Disease Boot Camp

Being prepared to serve our communities during times of disaster, of all types, is a responsibility that HCA takes very seriously.  During the first week of June, representatives from each HCA hospital and division office participated in a “Boot Camp” to prepare for infectious disease crises.  Last fall, Ebola dominated the headlines in this country.  The seven patients treated in the US and the thousands of patients screened taught us a lot about our strengths as well as the challenges of responding to this type of crisis. The HCA Boot Camp was a two-day course preparing HCA facilities to manage… Read more.

How a Healthcare System Prepares for Natural Disasters

A while back I wrote about how HCA prepares for hurricanes, 77 hospitals at a time. But hurricanes are one of many natural disasters that we have to prepare for each year. It’s true that some disasters we train for never happen but it’s still important to be prepared – just look at the recent emergency drill by New York City. And since we have hospitals across the U.S. we come into contact with a variety of incidents brought about by natural disasters. Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms, floods, and volcanic eruptions are just some of the emergencies that HCA has… Read more.

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