Hurricane Florence is threatening the Carolinas and Novant Health is prepared to take care of the communities it serves. Novant Health and health care systems across the country prepare for a wide variety of emergency situations on an ongoing basis.
“When threatened with a natural disaster, we remain committed to protecting the health and safety of our patients,” said Matt Merritt, emergency preparedness manager for Novant Health. “We will be here to take care of our communities, regardless of the weather so we continually prepare internally and with our healthcare partners so that we can fulfill that mission.”
Plans call for hospitals to remain open. All facilities are equipped with generators and other backup systems, officials noted.
Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center's emergency department will remain open to serve the coastal community during Hurricane Florence. Out of an abundance of caution, some patients at the medical center are being transferred to inland hospitals to continue to receive care until they are able to return home. All local Novant Health physician clinics, outpatient centers, imaging centers and medical record offices are closed through the weekend.
The emergency department at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center will remain open throughout the storm to serve urgent medical needs that may arise in the community. Novant Health team members will care for patients who come in during the storm and once the storm has passed. If you need shelter, contact the Red Cross.
As Florence approaches, additional supplies like water, food and medication are in place, and staffing will be adjusted across the Novant Health system as needed. Plans are in place to work with other health care systems throughout the state to share resources like care teams, supplies and services.
Novant Health is part of regional health care preparedness coalitions and stays in close contact with state and county emergency management teams to ensure the safety of patients. In North Carolina, Novant Health is part of a mutual aid agreement signed by nearly all hospitals.
“This allows us to share staff, easily transfer patients, and exchange equipment and supplies under a pre-determined agreement," Merritt said. "This truly makes us one community healthcare system."
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