Again, I’m continuing to share information as it’s made available by the Missouri Hospital Association. Please see the earlier posts:
To Chief Executive Officers and Public Relations Executives
Following is the latest information about the situation in Joplin.
* The Disaster Medical Assistance Teams have been sent to Joplin. Tomorrow, a number of critical care nurses and security personnel from Kansas City will go to provide relief and assistance to Freeman Health System, the Freeman Neosho hospital and CoxHealth.
* At this time, no further staff have been requested. However, medical personnel who still wish to volunteer must register through the state’s system at www.showmeresponse.org/<http://www.showmeresponse.org/>.
* Several additional trailers with communication and supplies have been deployed and are on the scene in Joplin and Neosho.
* Freeman reports that except for a lack of water, which the city is making a top priority to get back on line, they are feeling like everything is under control for now. Their power was restored earlier today and McCune Brooks Regional Hospital has been providing sterilization for medical supplies. Freeman West currently has 318 patients and have treated and released and/or transferred an additional 485 patients.
* In Springfield, CoxHealth reports they have the worst surge behind them, but are still staffing for additional surge. St. John’s Hospital reports they also have the worst behind them, but now are thinking through how to provide the Joplin hospital’s patients with outpatient and oncology treatments.
* In Carthage, McCune Brooks reports they have received quite a few patients from Joplin and their ED is starting to fill up. They received some staff relief from CoxHealth last night, which was a huge help.
* Other hospitals that we are aware of that have admitted or treated patients in their emergency departments from Joplin include:
St. John’s Cassville
St. John’s Aurora
Barton County – Lamar
* MHA has set up a special assistance fund for hospital employees who have been victims of this tornado, the recent tornado in St. Louis or the flooding in various parts of the state. HERO, Hospital Employee Relief Operation, is being established through the MHA Center for Education to provide assistance specifically for hospital employees affected by these disasters who live in FEMA-designated counties. Additional details will be forthcoming in the next day or two. Generous contributions have already been offered from several organizations and MHA will be making a major contribution. If you wish to contribute, checks can be made payable to the MHA Center for Education and mailed to PO Box 60, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Contributions are tax deductible.
Finally, thank you for the very generous outpouring of support. The Joplin hospital community is overwhelmed by your support.