WNC hospitals have emergency plans in place for snowstorm

Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville set its emergency plan into action Tuesday. "To make sure we have essential supplies, medications and food and water for patient volumes,” Pardee Hospital emergency management director Michelle Reynolds said. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

As a massive snow storm approaches Western North Carolina, local hospitals are gearing up.

"For people coming in who are going to need care, this is any other day for us," Mission Hospital vice president of pharmacy Tim Gentilcore said.

Despite the weather expected this weekend, Gentilcore said it's business as usual.

"We have emergency management personnel who have been putting into place all of our action plans, making sure we can have patients coming into our facilities as they normally would and that we have our caregivers there to greet them and treat them along the way," Gentilcore said.

Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville set its emergency plan into action Tuesday.

"To make sure we have essential supplies, medications and food and water for patient volumes,” Pardee Hospital emergency management director Michelle Reynolds said.

Reynolds said it's broken down into steps: First, they designate all essential personnel.

"Departments such as nursing, engineering, environmental services, security and all those support departments," Reynolds said.

Then, like Mission, they make sure they have everything they need to be able to take care of patients, regardless of the weather.

“Then we plan ahead and provide sleep accommodations for the essential staff so we don't have to get them in during inclement weather," Reynolds said.

So, if you have an emergency ...

"We want to make sure, if you are not comfortable getting out in whatever conditions there may be, that you call 911," Gentilcore said.

But, if you're sick and it’s not necessarily an emergency, Mission and Pardee have virtual clinics.

"It’s, basically, an application that allows an individual who isn't feeling well to talk to one of our doctors," Gentilecore said.

So, even if you lose power, you can get treated.

"As long as you have good battery on your phone and good signal at your house, you will be able to correspond with our physicians through that," Gentilcore said.

Clinics may close depending on the weather.

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