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When the snow falls

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2019

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As the first flakes of winter start to fly, here’s your plan to keep your facility open and operational

February is the last month of winter—at least officially. In reality, the cold weather will probably stick around for a bit longer.

By this point, many facilities in the U.S. will have faced their share of snowstorms, most of which they’ve probably handled adeptly. But are you ready for a truly bad snowstorm? The kind that can leave a region crippled for days, or even weeks at a time?

All you have to do is ask folks in places like Buffalo, New York, which was hit with 7 feet of snow in just one storm in November 2014. That same monster storm also blanketed most of the central U.S. and New England over a six-day period, with amounts reaching record levels in many places. In many cities such as Boston and New York, services ground to a halt, and many citizens found themselves stranded.

Of course, a hospital generally can’t just shut down—at least not without moving or otherwise taking care of its patients.

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