Every healthcare facility has a disaster plan, but the size and scope of those can vary greatly. The most forward-thinking hospitals have a comprehensive strategy that includes everything from physical drills focused on specific events to documentation covering everything from vendor contacts and employee schedules to paper backups for electronic systems.
In short, when it comes to emergency preparedness, more is better. That’s the lesson many hospitals, along with their administrators, physicians, and clinicians learned when a pair of hurricanes bore down on Texas and Florida within days of each other last August and September. As they faced the wrath of Harvey and Irma, providers remained calm, putting plans into action and making sure patients and communities were served before, during, and after impact.
We recently spoke with multiple TeamHealth administrators and physicians who worked tirelessly to care for patients before, during, and after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Here, they offer some suggestions for disaster preparation and response:
Dr. Mary Haven Merkle, Senior Vice President of Integrated Services for TeamHealth West:
Rob Evans, Executive Vice President of TeamHealth Southeast:
Dr. Steve Schwartz, Group President for TeamHealth Southeast:
Matt Stapleton, Executive Vice President of TeamHealth Anesthesiology:
This blog post excerpts an article in our complimentary eBook, Workforce Readiness: Preparing Today for Tomorrow’s Unknown. Download it here.
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