Healthcare Facilities Brace for Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian is expected to reach the coast of Florida Wednesday evening.

By Mackenna Moralez


Hospitals and other healthcare facilities on the Gulf Coast of Florida are preparing for Hurricane Ian to reach land later this week. 

Several Tampa Bay area hospitals were evacuated, according to Tampa Bay Times, while others canceled noncritical surgeries and appointments ahead of the storm. Nursing homes have also reportedly begun evacuating residents in areas that are at the highest risk of the storm. 

Tampa General Hospital “will remain open to provide care during the storm,” according to a hospital statement. “We are taking significant precautions to ensure the continued safety of our patients and team members. Our number one priority remains the safety of our patients and team members.” 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra declared a Public Health Emergency for Florida to address health impacts as the state prepares for the hurricane. HHS has pre-positioned two 15-person health and medical task force teams from its National Disaster Medical System, a 13-person incident management team and two pharmacists to assist with the response in Florida. The teams are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response’s regional emergency coordinators and Florida health authorities and emergency response officials to determine  additional federal public health and medical resources they might need to deploy to aid in responding to the hurricane.  

“We will do all we can to assist Florida officials with responding to the health impacts of Hurricane Ian,” Secretary Becerra says in a statement. “We are working closely with state, local and tribal health authorities, as well as our federal partners, and stand ready to provide additional public health and medical support.” 

Mackenna Moralez is the associate editor with the facilities market. 



September 28, 2022


Topic Area: Safety


Recent Posts

Change Healthcare Cyberattack Prompts Cybersecurity Advisory

The party behind this attack has been identified as the ALPHV Blackcat ransomware group.


Managed Service Providers: An Alternative to In-House IT

UTMC is one such case of using an MSP for their IT needs.


ChristianaCare Partners with Emerus Holdings to Develop Three Hospitals

The three neighborhood hospitals are expected to open in Pennsylvania in 2025.


Ohio University Hertiage College of Osteopathic Medicine Awarded WELL Certification

HCOM’s Heritage Hall received the WELL Certification at the Silver level.


Maximizing Safety Through Digital Training

By embracing technology-driven training, managers help deliver high-quality care while minimizing risks and enhancing overall safety.


 
 


FREE Newsletter Signup Form

News & Updates | Webcast Alerts
Building Technologies | & More!

 
 
 


All fields are required. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.