MHMC Storm Update
Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) Acting CEO Lynn McVey announced that the hospital repeated their efforts from Hurricane Irene by opening up two alternate care sites. At 7am on Monday, MHMC opened one alternate care site at Huber School in Secaucus, seeing patients who cannot get to the hospital due to flooding.
According to McVey, last year with Hurricane Irene, two critical patient lives were saved. One was a stroke patient, 2nd patient was from a heart attack. Plus, a mommy delivered a beautiful baby girl 30 minutes after arriving. Because of last year, the Mayor of Secaucus asked Meadowlands Hospital to repeat that effort again for Hurricane Sandy.
"This year, the Mayor of West New York asked MHMC to help his town and we set up a second alternate care site at Bergenline Avenue and 60th Street," said McVey. "The sites in Secaucus and West New York will enable residents to receive quality healthcare, even during a dangerous hurricane."
According to McVey, West New York site is equipped with EKG equipment, stretchers and a hospital bed. Trauma, pediatric and basic medical equipment, plus a large assortment of medications have been organized. Equipment set-up was on Sunday. At noon Monday, they held orientation, training of specific scenarios and opened for service. As of 3pm, three MDs, three RNs, two EMTs and two Volunteers are bracing for the storm which is about to hit our area at 7pm. McVey concluded "Like last year, we are confident the alternate care sites will enable residents to access healthcare, even in storm and flood conditions."