Disaster readiness pays off at hospital

Sandy Fink, Safety Officer and Infection Preventionist, Greenwood Leflore Hospital

Editor, Commonwealth:

As a part of Greenwood Leflore Hospital’s disaster readiness planning we hold drills throughout the year to ensure we are ready for any unexpected event that happens. This planning was clearly shown to be effective on Nov 7 when a school bus overturned in Carroll County.

The hospital called a “code yellow,” which means the disaster plan has been initiated.  The incident command was established, with Key Britt, vice president of administrative services, serving as incident commander and aided by Alex Langhart, director of clinic operations. Chief nursing officer Glory Boyd and other nursing directors went to the emergency room to help with triage and placement of patients.  Transporters brought wheelchairs to the emergency room, and nursing units with extra staff sent them to assist with patient care and transport. The lab and radiology departments sent staff to be on standby for X-rays and blood work. Physicians and other support staff were readily available to provide any needed services.

The first patient arrived at 3:48 p.m., and the last was discharged at 7:43 p.m. Greenwood Leflore Hospital treated a total of nine patients. All were treated and released.

In our small, tight-knit community, we never expect anything bad to happen, but we want the community to know we stand ready to take care of your loved ones efficiently and competently.

Greenwood Leflore Hospital is dedicated to serving the surrounding community and is ready for any disaster that comes our way!