Health System leadership continues to closely monitor the remnants of Hurricane
Dorian, and based on those assessments, is planning to discontinue our
Incident Command Centers as of 5:00 p.m. today.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to our entire team for
once again stepping up to care for our community during this weather event.
We were able to maintain normal acute care and Emergency Care Center operations
at both hospitals thanks to the dedication of our team members and medical
staffs and are well prepared to resume full hospital and physician practice
operations tomorrow, Friday, September 6th at 7:00 a.m.
We are especially grateful for our Senior Care Center staffs who arranged
to transfer the residents from both of our facilities to locations in
Valdosta, then accompanied those residents to care for them in an unfamiliar
setting. While we would have preferred to allow those residents to remain
in their “homes”, Governor Kemp’s evacuation order for
those residing east of Interstate 95 left us little choice but to move
those residents under our care.
This is the fourth major storm that has affected our operations within
a three year period – Tropical Storm Hermine, Hurricane Matthew,
Hurricane Irma and now Hurricane Dorian – and while thankfully,
our community was largely spared with Dorian, we have gotten better at
dealing with the disruption. Our Planned Emergency Response Team program
worked well and our “Team A” stepped in as we had hoped. Fortunately,
the limited storm damage will allow our community to return to normal
in short order, so the demands on our activated “Team B” members
will be for an abbreviated time.
I have said on multiple occasions that it is at times like this that you
realize all of the resources that are required to maintain our operations.
It is with that in mind that I extend my gratitude to all of you for being
there in our time of need.
Those that were not required to report for work who may not have had sufficient
PTO balances to cover your time off will be eligible to carry a negative
PTO balance of up to 24 hours. As a reminder, for those of you that may
have had additional expenses as a result of the storm, you may be eligible
to cash-in PTO using our new PTO cash-in policy. A separate memorandum
will be issued describing these PTO processes in more detail.
We pray that the lives of you and your family return to normal quickly!
Michael D. Scherneck
President & Chief Executive Officer
Southeast Georgia Health System