The recent months have brought some intense weather to all corners of our country. From the “Polar Vortex” last winter to violent tornadoes across the Midwest to Hurricane Arthur, each new day and week holds something new and potentially challenging. The only thing constant about weather is change. Theses volatile climate patterns unfortunately bring more than wind, snow, rain and lightning. Unfortunately these events cause a spike in emergency room and hospital visits. There have already been 41 tornado fatalities in 2014, according to NOAA. In fact during the Polar Vortex, Modernhealthcare.com reported that hospitals in Detroit brought in additional staff on multiple occasions to treat ER patients.
To make things more challenging, these additional visits and demands on hospital staffs and medical groups are often coupled with constraints on resources and accessibility. Over the 4th of July weekend, Hurricane Arthur left over 40,000 people with power and even caused a part of North Carolina Hwy. 12 to buckle on Hatteras Island. Last winter’s frigid temperatures and precipitation forced numerous surgeries and procedures to be rescheduled or cancelled. While organizations have contingency plans and redundancies in place to account for these scenarios, what back up strategy is there to account for supply chain complications?Read More