I had another blog planned for today but the topic seems trivial in comparison to the events that unfolded yesterday in Joplin, MO.
Our neighbors just a few miles to the south are in desperate need of our prayers following the devastating tornado that ripped through the center of the community. The destruction is massive and the toll in terms of lives is not yet known.
I would like to make mention of St. John’s Regional Hospital which was in the path of the tornado and sustained a direct hit. Many of the blog readers work in the hospital setting and, like me, I’m sure many of you recognize that a hospital’s greatest priority is the safety of the patient’s it serves.
Hospitals like GVMH and St. John’s practice emergency preparedness but there’s only so much you can do when a tornado rips through your facility. At the very least we can learn from this trajedy and take it to heart.
The next time we have a disaster drill at GVMH, remember what happened in Joplin. At times many of us, myself included, tend to just go through the motions when we have a disaster drill. The events in Joplin remind us that our worst fears can materialize.
Our greatest priority is the safety and protection of our patients and disaster drills provide us an opportunity to prepare for the worst in order to minimize harm to our patients in the event a disaster does occur.
The next time we have a disaster drill, do everything in your power to approach the situation as if it were real and learn from it. Our hospital brethren in Joplin and our patients deserve it.
Please pray for Joplin.