Disaster plans keep Midwest hospitals running smoothly during blizzard
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-