Hospital alters operations due to storm
BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer, The Rocky Mount Telegram
Nash UNC Health Care is preparing for Hurricane Florence and is canceling some services as a result.
“We are canceling all hospital-based outpatient services and elective procedures for after 7 a.m. Thursday and for Friday,” said Dorsey Tobias, director of marketing and communications for Nash UNC Health Care. “We will make operational decisions about Monday and next week when we can evaluate the impact of the storm.”
The hospital is also making arrangements for medical staff to have a place to stay so they will be available to serve patients during the expected adverse weather conditions. Some beds for staff will be available in overflow sections of the hospital and others will be housed at nearby hotels.
“If medical staff are assigned duty during this time, we will make sure they have a place to stay,” Tobias said. “Ensuring the safety and care of our patients, staff and visitors is our top priority. We are working closely with our local, regional and statewide Emergency Management Services teams to ensure coordination of care and resources during and after the storm.”
The hospital also will work with patients’ relatives who may be trapped by the storm to make sure they are accommodated as much as possible, Tobias said.
Tobias said she was impressed by the professionalism of the staff as they prepare for the oncoming storm.
“The hospital staff is used to situations like this and they are prepared for whatever happens,” Tobias said. “They are committed to patient care.”