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VA mounts concerted response to Hurricane Matthew
By Charleston VA Public Affairs Staff
Friday, October 14, 2016The Veterans Health Administration is the only fully integrated health care system in the U.S. This integration allows for unprecedented coordination of care and seamless patient transfers/evacuations during emergency situations, like what occurred in the first week of October 2016 when Hurricane Matthew made its way up the Eastern Coast.
On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Governor Nikki Haley issued an evacuation order to the coastal communities within the state of South Carolina. Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center stood up its Emergency Operations Center and followed its emergency operations plans to transfer as many patients as possible based on their medical status; reschedule elective procedures and outpatient clinic appointments; and actively manage patient movements.
Over the course of the next couple of days, Charleston VAMC transferred more than 50 patients to sister VA facilities in Columbia, South Carolina, and Augusta and Dublin, Georgia, where they sheltered in place during the storm.
VA staff across numerous medical centers came together to provide comprehensive care coordination to meet the complex needs of the Veteran population from as far south as Hinesville, Georgia, and along the coast to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. VAMCs banned together to ensure that vulnerable Veteran populations, such as Community Living Center (CLC) residents, homeless Veterans, spinal cord injury patients, and homebound patients, were accounted for and had the opportunity to move to other facilities or had a plan to weather the storm.
Read some of the stories in the links below:
- Before the storm: Charleston VAMC transfers patients, prepares to weather Hurricane Matthew
How Charleston VA prepared for Hurricane Matthew
- During the storm: Charleston VAMC unites as a team to withstand Hurricane Matthew
Learn what was going on here at that the main campus as the storm made landfall in Charleston
- Keeping Veterans out of harm’s way
Learn how services worked to transfer patients to sister VAMCs
- The calm after the storm
How Charleston VA made sure Veterans and employees were safe again
VA partners' storiesCharlie Norwood VA Medical Center (Augusta, GA)
Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center (Columbia, SC)
Carl Vinson VA Medical Center (Dublin, GA) Thank you to all the VA staff and partner facilities who made this effort a success.