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James J. Peters VA Medical Center

 

JJP in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

Members of the Incident Command staff

Members of the Incident Command staff deliberate on plans for the pending Hurricane

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In preparing for Hurricane Irene, VISN 3 facilities came together to plan for the evacuation of patients from the Manhattan VA. The Incident Command Centers were activated at all facilities. The JJP took some of the most severely ill patients from the Manhattan Surgical ICU.

By 3pm Friday, the two facilities had completed the transfer of these seriously ill patients, without incident, and seamlessly integrated the two units here in the JJP ICU.

The Medical Center Director commends all of the staff who worked tirelessly throughout the duration of the storm and its aftermath. Following is the Director's message to staff:

To all,

First and foremost, I want to say thank you to all of our staff. You pulled together in superb fashion over these past several days and you did so in a manner that makes me very proud of our facility. From the emergency management Team, the police, the nursing and administrative staffs, the labs, the clinics, the facility management team, the IT teams, the canteen staff, nutrition and hospitality, virtually everyone. In fact, I hate to start listing people because I know I will be missing someone. The point is, this hurricane situation required our very best effort. On short notice, and with plenty of things to worry about in your own homes, you hung in there for our patients, you worked over time, you found ways to get things done AND you successfully integrated two medical centers, and our respective patients, into one, well-tuned health care machine. Well done, people! I also would like to thank your families for “loaning” you to us for the weekend. I understand that time away during a disaster is a difficult sacrifice and your dedication is greatly appreciated.

On behalf of all our Veterans and their families, THANK YOU!

MaryAnn Musumeci

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