From the Desk of Michael D. Scherneck, President & CEO
We are all well aware that Hurricane Irma is expected to impact Glynn and
Camden Counties with several inches of rain and tropical storm or hurricane
force winds from Sunday, September 10th through Monday, September 11th.
While we make every effort to manage our patient census at both the Brunswick
and Camden Campuses, the simple fact remains that we are here to provide
care to our patients irrespective of the weather conditions. Be assured
that we consider mandatory evacuation orders but, like all first responders
and emergency care providers, we are expected to be available to provide
care even during difficult times. Know that we an integral part of the
overall emergency response for our region and we work closely with the
Glynn County, Camden County and Georgia Emergency Management Agencies
to develop an appropriate course of action.
Our commitment, or should I say, our vocation as health care providers,
is one of caring – 7 days per week, 24 hours per day. Look around
us. Check with your peers. But all similarly situated hospitals along
the coast have remained open for care in the face of major storms like
the one with which we are currently dealing.
We fully understand the commitment we all have to our families at times
like this but it is critically important that we not set aside our professional
responsibilities during these times. Know that we greatly appreciate the
sacrifices that so many of our team members and other professional staff
have made to work during the critical hours to enable us to conduct the
business of patient care. We have made significant financial commitments
in recognition of the sacrifices that our staff makes when faced with
these extraordinary demands. But again, we can not abandon those that
we are here to care for.
I once again thank you for your professionalism, support and understanding
during challenging weather events like these and trust that we can count
on you to remain true to your profession.