Hampton VA Medical Center conducted a partial evacuation of patients today - Hampton VA Medical Center
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Hampton VA Medical Center

 

Hampton VA Medical Center conducted a partial evacuation of patients today

SCI Veterans depart HVAMC in preparation for the arrival of Hurrican Irene
Thursday, August 25, 2011

HAMPTON, Va.   “Patient safety is our number one priority,” said DeAnne Seekins, director of the Hampton VA Medical Center.  “We’ve taken all precautionary measures to ensure our Veterans have sustained continuity of care from the time they leave until the time they return.  Because the medical center is located on the coast and susceptible to storms like this, preparing for continuity of patient care is nothing new to this facility.”

Transporting patients was done using a variety of vehicles including contract busses, specially designed vehicles that can accommodate wheel chairs and patient litters and even ambulances as required.  With more than 150 hospitals, VA is the largest health care network in the nation and can draw on resources from near and far.  Escorted by VA providers and staff members, patients were moved to other VA facilities from as near as Richmond, Va., to VA Medical Centers in Salem, Va., Martinsburg, W. VA., and even to Durham and Salisbury North Carolina.

All patients who were transferred are tracked using color coded wrist bands.  Additionally, medical record summaries accompanied each patient to their respective destination. 

For those remaining at Hampton, all essential functions related to patient care are being moved to higher floors within the medical center,  emergency generators are fully fueled and tested, and there is enough food, water and medicines and supplies to support the need well beyond the storms departure.     

Should a full evacuation become necessary, VA has a Disaster Emergency Medical Personnel System on stand-by which would provide additional trained emergency personnel and health care providers.

The main hospital and the Virginia Beach Community Based Outpatient Clinic will remain open today and Friday.

For the latest hospital information, patients and family members should visit the Hampton VAMC Website at www.hampton.va.gov, Facebook at www.facebook.com/HamptonVAMC.  Information can also be found on VA's national emergency web site at www1.va.gov/EMERGENCY or by calling 1-800-507-4571.


 

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