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Hospital rises to challenge of ice storm

Saturday, February 26, 2011

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Three weeks ago, our local area faced an unprecedented ice storm. Many found themselves without electricity, unable to travel or work and in awe of the scene nature had created.

While some were enjoying the unusual scenery and doing normal daily activities, many found themselves in the emergency department of Putnam County Hospital.

The dedicated staff of Putnam County Hospital was ready and available to help those that were in need. The staff had begun planning and preparing on that Monday afternoon for the events that were to unfold. The preparation proved to be beneficial.

"Winter Storm 2011," as it has been called, caused a number of slips and falls and broken bones. During the 48-hours of the storm, the emergency department saw record volumes.

On the Wednesday during the storm, the emergency department treated 64 patients, of which one-fourth were being treated for slips and falls on the ice. During a typical Wednesday in February, approximately 37 patients would be seen and treated.

Additional physicians were called in to assist and extra office space was opened to help care for the patients.

With travel difficult and dangerous, the physicians, nurses and support staff were on hand to provide care locally. Many associates stayed overnight in the facility to be sure that staff was accessible if the need arose, which it did.

"Our staff rose to the occasion and provided the necessary services," stated Dennis Weatherford, CEO, who was onsite during the ice storm.

"I have never been more proud to be a member of this excellent local healthcare team," he said

The hospital is always available to help assist in the community's healthcare needs and this year's winter storm confirmed the hospital's commitment.

"The teamwork displayed by staff members was remarkable. The nurses, physicians, and all support staff made great personal sacrifices to provide excellent service to our patients and their families," Weatherford said

This county is fortunate to have a hospital equipped to serve the local community's needs, whether they be emergent or routine.