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Hospitals prepare for winter storm 2013

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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Updated: 12/04/2013 6:51 am Published: 12/03/2013 9:43 pm

FOX23 went to Hillcrest Hospital to see how they're preparing for the storm. They tell us they're not taking any chances.

"We would rather prepare in advance," Meagan Quickle said.

That's why Hillcrest started getting ready last week for even the possibility of bad weather.

Megan Quickle is Hillcrest's safety officer.

"Everything from thinking of if we have to have nurses stay overnight, if we have to have doctors stay, so we're looking at sleep rooms," she said.

Preparing the staff is only part of it. Bad weather in winter means putting plans in place for keeping outside areas clear and safe.

"This is something we just put together of a snow priority map. The areas in red are going to be our first priority to get open; those are where patients are dropped off," Quickle said.

Falling on the ice and car accidents typically happen with this type of weather. But the hospital also sees people come in who just need somewhere to go.

"That's something that our doctors and nurses are really good at: knowing this person is here for a hot meal or something like that,"
Quickle said.

Quickle said she'll know they planned well if they have all the staff, resources and food they need over the weekend. But she ultimately hopes people won't need to test out the hospital's emergency plan.

"We want to make sure everybody's safe out there. So drive safely; make sure we don't see you. That's our biggest thing," she said.

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