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Dis­as­ter plans keep Mid­west hos­pi­tals run­ning smoothly dur­ing bliz­zard

Modern Healthcare - - Front Page - Paul Barr

Plan­ning helps Mid­west hos­pi­tals cope with bliz­zard

The snow­storm that ripped through the Mid­west last week cre­ated sched­ul­ing headaches for sev­eral hos­pi­tals in ar­eas hit by the storm. But the im­ple­men­ta­tion of dis­as­ter plans kept prob­lems to a min­i­mum, said hos­pi­tal and health sys­tem of­fi­cials.

States such as Mis­souri, Illi­nois, Ok­la­homa Madi­son re­ceived a lit­tle less than 20 inches of snow, but higher to­tals were re­ported in the sur­round­ing area.

For one St. Mary’s em­ployee, Kristin McMan­mon, a vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions, the storm meant go­ing on toi­let-clean­ing duty. McMan­mon, who has ex­pe­ri­ence in health­care en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices, volun- tion like this how they’ll step up and pull to­gether,” Sieja said.

Hos­pi­tals in the Chicago area, which re­ceived about 20 inches of snow that in spots drifted into much deeper piles, en­acted dis­as­ter plans and cut back on out­pa­tient care.

At 658-bed Rush Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen-

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