Jacksonville, FL (September, 1, 2019) – As Hurricane Dorian continues to gain strength in the Atlantic, HCA Healthcare hospital’s Orange Park Medical Center and Memorial Hospital Jacksonville are prepared and ready to care for the First Coast. Staff, physicians and leaders are working through their Emergency Preparedness Plan to ensure safety for their patients and team.
“With help from our HCA Healthcare colleagues, we are prepared to provide care throughout any impact that we may see this week from Hurricane Dorian,” said Brad Talbert, FACHE, Memorial Hospital Jacksonville’s Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve brought in extra medical supplies, fuel, water, food, linens and equipment to ensure we can meet the care needs of our community and keep our employees and physicians safe.”
As part of the hospital’s regular emergency protocols, the two hospitals are:
- Communicating with local and state emergency planning organizations and, via our HCA Healthcare Emergency Operations Team in Nashville, TN, with federal resources as well, to ensure that resources are available and in place well in advance of the storm.
- Receiving multiple weather briefings a day so that we can quickly adjust to changing storm dynamics.
- Coordinating with other hospital providers across the community, state and region to support their needs.
We will provide safety tips and updates throughout this weather event via our Facebook pages at:
“Right now is the time to prepare,” said Orange Park Medical Center’s ER Medical Director Dr. Steven Goodfriend. “Make sure that you have plenty of water, food and a week’s supply of prescriptions on hand. Have a plan for evacuation including essential items already packed. Most of all, be safe and know that we are here to help if you should need us.”