Wesley Medical Center Implements Snow Emergency Plan

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"It's going to be a busy night, I'm sure."

The weather forced some schools and businesses to close, but hospitals can't close. As Mother Nature puts the freeze on outside, a new mother welcomes her bundle of joy inside Wesley Medical Center.

Things like the birth of new babies don't wait for the weather to improve, and that's why Wesley is making sure it won't be short-sfaffed during this winter blast. "We have patients who need care. It's a 24 hour service, Becky Klungreseter, Wesley Medical Center Associate Chief Nurse said. "So we need to provide relief to the staff that have been here all day, and to be able to have continuous care of those patients who come to us.""

Nurses, doctors, and other hospital staff have volunteered to stay the night. Wesley provides food and shelter, and the workers provide relief for other staff and patients.

Jane Siebert is the hospital chaplain. She decided to volunteer in part because she has an hour commute. "Wesley has opened some rooms for people who can't get home tonight because of distances, or just because they aren't comfortable driving on the roads. So they have also done this for employees to help us stay safe,"" Siebert said.

Hospital officials at Wesley tell us they do expect a busy night, due in part to the road and weather conditions.

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