Beebe Medical Center shares its "snowmageddon" success story

Emergency Management Alert, February 23, 2010

Beebe Medical Center shares its "snowmageddon" success story Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, DE, suffered through the back-to-back storms that covered much of the Mid-Atlantic region, but they didn't interfere with patient care, according to Coastal Point.

The hospital implemented its emergency operations plan, helping to open communication lines with state and county emergency personnel. A core group of Beebe Medical Center staff and leadership met days before the first storm hit, and the fuel for the back-up generator system was checked beforehand, reports Coastal Point. During the storms, messages were sent to physicians and Beebe personal using Everbridge, a mass notification system used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Hospital managers said the toughest part of keeping the hospital running was having an adequate number of staff members—a task that required more than 100 employees to sleep at the hospital and often taking on more shifts. In some cases, special transportation for both staff and patients also had to be made.

Source: Coastal Point

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