This morning’s update from the National Weather Service (NWS) and
the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting give us reason to
be optimistic and thankful! In addition to those meetings and updates,
the executive team convened at 9:45 this morning to discuss hospital operations.
Please see the below updates.
But before that, I’d like to once again say,
Thank You! to each of you for your patience and your flexibility as decisions are
made based on the most recent, yet very fluid, forecast. It’s critical
that our operations are maintained, as closely as possible to normal,
to ensure that we are able to take care of the health care needs of the
community. We’ve done, and will continue to do, just that! On behalf
of the patients and community, who depend on us, thank you!
The Forecast and Projections
- We are going to get some tropical storm force winds. But, it’s not
projected to be as intense or as prolonged as previously thought.
- It’s going to rain, hard. But, the forecast for rain is less than
previously anticipated. (Now 2-4 inches).
- We’re going to have some storm surge that affects low lying areas.
But, the impacts are expected to be less than feared.
Health System Operations
- All of the areas and departments, that are currently business-as-usual
will remain as such.
Yesterday, we announced a few closures for today (Thursday) and tomorrow
(Friday), we are actively reviewing those closures with the goal of reopening
as many of those services as possible for normal operations tomorrow (Friday).
Throughout the day, today, the leadership of those affected areas will
be working to determine which services it’s feasible to reopen (fully
or partially) and which must remain closed. An announcement about those
specifics will be forthcoming.
- As mentioned above, storm surge predictions are better than previously
- At this point, it’s possible but not necessarily likely that the
causeway will be affected.
- “IF” the causeway is affected, the effect is not projected
to be as severe or as sustained as was projected yesterday.
Housing of Staff
- At this point, we anticipate that passable routes will be available for
team members to get to our properties and locations. (There may be local
and isolated flooding of some roads.)
- The Health System is still prepared to provide sleeping accommodations
to team members who need them. (Department leaders contact Krista Robitz,
Director of the Foundation)
Shuttling of Staff
- Should Parkwood, Hampton, Kemble and other roads around the hospital begin
to back up with standing water, the Health System is prepared to run a
shuttle on the Brunswick Campus.
- Additionally, during times of heavy rain today and tomorrow, the Health
System will also run a shuttle on the Brunswick Campus.
- Security, and volunteers from other departments, will be running the shuttle
in Health System vans. We will be out during major shift changes as well
During shift change (when raining or flooded) Security will be constantly
rounding the parking lots. You can flag us down by waving or flashing
your lights and we’ll come to you. You can also call, 912-946-0774,
and we’ll come pick you up. Please note this may take a few minutes,
so consider arriving early for your shifts.
So What’s Next
- Health System representatives will, again, meet with the NWS and LEPC at
2:30 this afternoon.
- And, at 3:00 pm the executive team will reconvene and additional updates
What Should I Be Doing
- Continuing to communicate updates to your team members and ensuring that
your areas are appropriately staffed to take care of our patients.
- Thanking your team for what they have done, are doing, and will continue
to do to care for our patients.
Ensuring that you and all your team members are recieving the team member
text alerts. Simply text SGHSTA to 1-855-242-5701 to receive
emergency alerts directly to your phone.