Health System stays prepared for disasters

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Although you may never know when to be prepared for a disaster, knowing how to be prepared comes first.

“At the Lincoln County Health System, we strive to remain disaster ready no matter what the scenario may be, according to Jamie Guin, chief executive officer. “As your healthcare provider, we remain committed to providing quality care at the convenience you deserve.

“Through extensive training and communication, we have educated our staff to remain on the forefront of disaster preparedness,” explained Guin. “As part of our training, we go through the four phases of emergency response and recovery. Mitigation efforts include anything that can be done to minimize the probability or severity of an emergency. Preparedness, if properly planned for, will help maintain functions that are essential, regardless of the cause of an emergency.

“Response puts into action the Emergency Operations Plan and response procedures developed in the preparedness phase. Recovery details how our organization will reestablish usual operations following an emergency or exercise.

“Our training also includes mock drills with our local EMS and other county agencies. We work closely with the Lincoln County Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC) as well as training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).

“It is important for our community to know that in the event of a disaster we are prepared as a hospital to handle healthcare needs as they arise,” Guin continues. “In the event of power or phone loss, we carry generator capability as well as radio and cell phone back-up. We are in constant communication with our regional healthcare resources through our HERTZ hospital tracking system as well as the Tennessee Department of Health. In the event that back-up within our county was needed we are in constant communication with local officials in the community for use of resources.”

“As part of providing coverage to the community we must train for the worst so that we can be prepared for all hazards at all times. Although we can never be fully prepared we strive to equip ourselves to handle the initial response to disaster within our community.”

For additional information or questions please contact the Facilities Manager at Lincoln Medical Center at 438-1100.

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