Eye on Irene
The Meadowlands Hospital once again proved its reputation of a mobile, fast reacting, well equipped, professional medical facility. The hospital and its staff were prepared for Hurricane Irene days before it hit the area last Saturday night.
Multiple proactive meetings were held to discuss the hospital's comprehensive emergency management plan and precautions that needed to be taken to protect the staff and patients. The Command Center was created to define and coordinate the roles and responsibilities of staff members. To enable the quick triage of patients before being sent to Meadowlands Hospital, a mobile Emergency and Triage Room and ambulance staging area were established at the Hubert Street School in Secaucus. McCabe Ambulance Corporation staged the hospitals ambulances to ensure that the community had service during the hurricane. This was the only set-up of its kind in Hudson County.
The hospital was stocked up on water, food and additional medical supplies and equipment for up to five or six days. Extra beds and sleeping areas were created to receive additional patients. The Meadowlands Hospital was one of a few medical facilities in the area that was not closed during the storm. Shifts were doubled, most of the hospital’s staff members were on site and the rest of the employees were on stand-by, ready to start immediately. We made sure that we had an orthopedist and neurologist on site to treat the traumas that usually occur during the natural disasters. Our outstanding facilities maintenance crew worked their magic to keep us afloat so we could function properly. Some extra preventive measures were taken to protect the hospital inside and out. All the entrances to critical areas such as the electrical room, emergency room and data centers have been sandbagged and sealed.
Our work during the storm was about caring for our patients, families, and staff. It was a shining example of the support we extend to the community we serve, and our ability to come together against any disaster that comes our way.