OMA Newsletter

Best Practice Newsletter - Fall 2012

A Message from Barnabas Health Regarding Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy delivered a serious and devastating blow to New Jersey.

At Barnabas Health, we all were impacted by this massive and powerful storm. The impact to us and our colleagues ranged from inconveniences such as power and water outages and severe gasoline shortages to the catastrophic loss of home and/or vehicles. In the dawning days of the recovery process, Barnabas Health put in place efforts to support the communities in which we live, as well as programs to support colleagues who were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Barnabas Health Security teams worked ‘round the clock to keep patients and employees safe while dealing with unprecedented requests for help and assistance to deal with lost power, employee transportation issues etc.

The devastation from Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath is without precedent in New Jersey. Clearly, it tested Barnabas Health System’s capabilities and strengthened our physicians’ and employees’ commitment and loyalty to our patients and colleagues. Our physicians and employees have been and continue to be incredibly responsive to the needs of our patients and each other, despite overwhelming concerns for personal situations. Example follows example of truly heroic efforts to safeguard those who rely on our care.

Under these extraordinary circumstances, our facilities continued to operate effectively. The Barnabas Health Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was the central resource for shared information for all of the facilities, with phone calls each day that provided continual status updates and site and local information for all facilities. The OEM is an invaluable command center for our System.