MHMC Weathers the Storm Against All Odds
Though the storm has passed, Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center continues to deal with the aftermath. Power outages, flood-damaged homes and gas shortages have left many people devastated by Hurricane Sandy. As of today, MHMC remains open to deal with the sick, injured and non-medical patients.
Between 5pm and 11pm, the Meadowlands Emergency room cared for 75 patients with the aid of our newly incorporated ambulance rescue team. To deal with this influx of patients, an expansion of the same-day surgery department was set up which is conveniently located on the first floor. Medical staff and non-medical staff put on scrubs and supported the ongoing operation, acting as runners, sitters and transporters for the immobile and the elderly.
What was most incredible about the entire night was the determination of every able-bodied individual to keep things orderly and efficient, as evidenced by the overall success of the Emergency Room’s performance. Those patients not directly seeking emergency treatment, but needed oxygen and careful monitoring, were safely placed on cots in the hospital’s REHAB GYM.
One notable story that stuck out last night was a when a 38-yr old man was brought into the Emergency Room at 7:45pm possibly suffering the beginning stages of a heart attack. Diagnosed with Myocardial Infarction, the patient was air lifted by helicopter to Hackensack University Medical Center who then placed the patient on the operating table only 75 minutes after entering MHMC, thus saving his life. Today he is looking at a long future.
With so much taken away by Hurricane Sandy, it is a comfort for the residents of Secaucus when there is at least a place where some things we hold dear can be saved. MHMC will remain on high alert until the surrounding area’s electricity is restored and when other hospitals resume Emergency Care services. Our hearts and hopes are with those who have lost so much during this storm, and we will continue to serve you and your family.