Since our last update, the projections for Ian have once again changed,
specifically related to storm surge. Late this afternoon, the executive
team convened and made the following decisions in the interest of safety
to our patients and team members, and with the understanding that cancelling
a patient’s procedure, surgery, or care can have a great impact
on their health and wellbeing.
The ask and expectation of each of us is to report to work as scheduled
and be available to take care of our patients and each other. Below, you
will see that the Health System is making accommodations for any team
member who needs to be housed on Campus to ensure they are able to safely
report for their shift(s).
Health System Operations
The Health System will remain in business-as-usual mode with the following
- SGPA Practices in Glynn and McIntosh counties will be closed on Thursday
and Friday. They will resume normal operations on Monday.
- All Health System business on St. Simons Island including the practices,
the Immediate Care Center and Rehab Services will be closed on Thursday
- Glynn Immediate Care Center will close on Thursday and Friday. (Not to
be confused with Glynco Immediate Care Center which will remain open.)
- 4th Street Endoscopy Center will be closed on Thursday and Friday. On a
case by case basis, we will be evaluating the ability to move these procedures
to the Brunswick Campus to best care for these patients.
- The Sleep Lab on the Brunswick Campus will be closed on Thursday night only.
Forecast and Projections
- Arrival of tropical-storm-force winds and conditions Thursday late morning
and continuing through until Friday evening.
- Heavy rain beginning Thursday morning.
- Storm surge of approximately 4-6 feet above high tide. This storm surge
is expected to remain through a few tide cycles. This means that there
may be 4-6 feet of water on top of the normal high tide and the normal
low tide, through Friday evening.
- High tides will be approximately Thursday at Noon, Thursday at Midnight
and Friday at Noon. Additionally, the high tide will be slower to recede
due to the nature of this storm.
St. Simons Island Causeway
- The above storm surge projections are likely to have significant effects
on the St. Simons Island causeway. Best estimates are that the causeway
will be inundated with water a few hours before and continuing a few hours
after each high tide cycle (Thur. Noon, Thur. Midnight, and Fri. Noon).
- We do not anticipate the causeway being closed due to wind conditions.
The causeway will only be closed when inundated with water or due to physical damage.
Flooding of Low Lying Areas and Road Closures
- It is highly likely that the combination of storm surge and heavy rainfall
will result in flooding of low lying areas including roads.
- Please monitor information closely and proactively determine alternative
routes to work.
Team Members Housing at the Health System
- The Health System will make sleeping accommodations for any team member
who is scheduled to work Thursday or Friday who could be affected by road
closures. These accommodations will be on the Brunswick Campus. While
this is specifically focused on team members affected by the potential
closure of the St. Simons Causeway, it is open to any Health System team
member who lives in an area where the path to work could become impassable
or unsafe due to flooding.
- Department managers can make accommodations for team members through Krista
Robitz, Director of the Foundation.
What Should I Be Doing
- Please be communicating with your team members and ensure that they are
prepared to report for their shift and if they live in areas that could
be affected by road closures, that they are packed and prepared to stay
Thank you again for your patience and your willingness to serve our community
and care for the patients who depend on us regardless of external environmental