Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hurricane Irene - ORMC Remains Committed to Patient Care

I sincerely thank everyone at the hospital for the incredible work performed during the weekend of, and days following, the recent hurricane. Your preparation and careful planning made it possible for all of us to manage the impact of Irene - one of the most damaging storms to the Hudson Valley in history.

The command center performed perfectly with rapid responses and timely communication throughout the 36 hours of the storm. Beyond the storm, our emergency management department continued to keep you updated with area road closures due to flooding and downed trees.

Physicians, nurses and support staff took excellent care of our patients while many experienced outages and flooding in their own homes. Travel restrictions were mandated due to the deteriorating road conditions and a county-wide, state-of-emergency declaration. Not only did this hinder the ability for staff and physicians to travel to and from the hospital, it also left our discharged patients and their families stranded at our facility. However, our team of professionals created a plan for nourishment, medication and shelter from the storm until it was safe to leave. Mother Nature has presented our community with challenges lately. As a team, we once again, clearly demonstrated tremendous strength in effectively and efficiently managing this emergency situation with the safety and comfort of our patients at the forefront.

Thanks again for your commitment to our patients, the organization and our community.

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