“The greatest stress on hospitals … is after the event rather than during or before. Yet in disaster planning, we spend time planning for the 30 minutes before the disaster hits but rarely get to the recovery phase in our planning exercises.” – Admiral John O. Agwunobi, MD, MBA, MPH, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, speaking at a VHA Health Foundation forum
Admiral Agwunobi argues that disaster planning should begin 30 days after a catastrophic event occurs, not at the actual event. This is an interesting perspective, and one that is currently playing out at the Sumter Regional Hospital. When you get a chance, take a look at Sumter’s current web page (in particular, click on the SRH Employee Updates) and see how the issues are changing as the days go by.