Hurricane Irma Update
Bruce Flareau, MD, Executive Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
We know you are watching Hurricane Irma with great concern and our goal is keep you as informed as possible.
Hurricane Irma continues to impact the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds. Direct impacts from wind, storm surge, and rainfall are possible in the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida Peninsula later this week.
While it is too soon to specify the location and magnitude of the potential impact, we continue to monitor weather forecasts closely and have been reviewing our emergency plans.
Here are some important things to know:
- All of our hospitals are being fully stocked with medical supplies, food, water, fuel, batteries and other necessary supplies by Friday afternoon.
- The facilities team is preparing our facilities in case of storm impact and we are also installing back-up communications systems.
- All departments have been asked to review downtime procedures. The expectation is that you will adhere to your on-call schedule as currently planned. If for any reason you aren’t able to commit to your current on-call schedule, please notify your MSO as soon as possible, so we can work together to make the necessary arrangements.
- Now is a good time to make sure your MSO has your current emergency contact information on file.
- We are developing a plan about the potential closure of outpatient services or facilities. We will inform you of those closures and also plan to post any closures on the BayCare.org website.
- Make sure you and your family are ready for storm conditions and have a back-up plan for child care or other family responsibilities as Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Polk and Pinellas county schools have announced closures for Thursday and Friday.
- Each medical staff and hospital location have procedures around staffing in order to deliver quality patient care. If you are unclear as to your local plan, speak to your local medical staff office or elected leadership.
- Some facilities have emergency hotline numbers that are being updated:
Emergency Hotline Phone Numbers
Morton Plant Mease—(727) 461-8111
St. Anthony’s—(727) 820-7817
St. Joseph’s (all main campus facilities)—(813) 870-4880
St. Joseph’s-North—(813) 443-7020
St. Joseph’s-South—(813) 302-8208
South Florida Baptist—(813) 757-8000
Winter Haven, Winter Haven Women’s and Bartow—(863) 875-9888
We will continue to keep you informed as the storm progresses.