Hospitals Operate Through Storm
The following appeared in the Victoria Advocate on August 28, 2017.
Just when the storm was beginning to rage Friday, Citizens Medical Center doctors had to perform a major emergency surgery.
The county-owned hospital cared for 87 patients throughout the storm, delivered one baby and continues to see emergency patients, said Marketing Director Jennifer Schulte.
Citizens initiated its Incident Command Center on Friday morning, composed of a team of hospital leaders focused on ensuring continuity of care and safety of patients by collaborating with the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, the Golden Crescent Regional Advisory Council, Victoria Office of Emergency Management, local emergency officials and first responders.
The center monitored the storm closely with the National Weather Service.
“With these updates, we were able to strategically decide upon the best time to transfer our patients safely,” Schulte said.
The county mandatory evacuation notice was issued Thursday night, and there was not enough time to safely evacuate patients before the storm hit. The roadways were clogged, which would require patients to sit and wait.
“For some, in their condition, it would not be safe,” she said.
Citizens loaded patients onto mass evacuation ambulances to send to San Antonio hospitals while roads were passable Saturday night.
“As much as we want to help our patients, I knew we could help them more by getting them to a safer spot,” said Dr. Daniel Cano, chief medical officer.
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