Please read the previous blog post “Praying for Joplin” as it is more important but in an effort to keep you informed I wanted to share an email sent to all member hospitals this morning by the Missouri Hospital Association:
Chief Executive Officers:
As you are probably aware, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, as well as the community of Joplin, was damaged by a severe tornado yesterday evening. Although many news stations are calling for medical personnel to help, please advise your staff to adhere to protocols in place through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Emergency Operations Center. We are in constant contact with the Disaster Situation Room at the department.
Here is what we know so far. The Disaster Medical Team has been deployed. Volunteers will be deployed through the Show Me Response system. Resources also have been deployed from Springfield. Updates are available and are most reliable through EMSytem, which is in every Missouri hospital, response unit and in local public health offices.
As of this morning, here is what we know:
- A temporary hospital has been set up at Joplin Memorial Hall 212 West 8th Street.
- A morgue as been set up at Mason Woodard (sp) at 3001 E 7th.
Emergency Medical Services staging is set up at 7th and Virginia.
- Trailers with communication equipment and supplies are being sent to Joplin. The trailer in Joplin was destroyed and the ones in Springfield are already in use or anticipated to be used.
- Critical supplies needed are water and sterile supplies. Water is being handled, we may be reaching out to the hospitals for the sterile supplies and other identified supplies.
- The initial wave of patient movement out of Joplin is largely complete but it is expected that with daylight they will have another surge of patients. We are assessing the bed and trauma capability of all hospitals statewide within the next few minutes.
I have not heard about need for additional staff yet. There are multitudes of EMS and approximately 40 DMAT on scene. However, people will need rest. I anticipate the Show-Me Response volunteer pool may be formally activated this morning.
As we know more, we will keep you apprised. Please note that personnel who report without being previously authorized for emergency response, may not have full liability coverage for incidents incurred as a result of their response.
We will be sending you regular updates throughout the day. Please contact me if you have specific questions.
Mary C Becker, Senior Vice President
Missouri Hospital Association
Jefferson City MO 65102