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TGMC Implements Severe Weather Plan in Preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac

08/27/2012

Due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac, Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) is currently implementing its Severe Weather Plan to ensure the safety of patients, staff, and the physical facility.  “We take our responsibility to our patients and community very seriously,” explained Phyllis Peoples. President and CEO. 

In preparation for, during and after the storm communication is the key to emergency preparedness.  “With the threat of being in the direct path of this tropical storm and its severe weather impacting our area by Tuesday afternoon, the safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority,” said Mrs. Peoples. 

The hospital is currently discharging patients as appropriate, postponing elective procedures and handling emergency only patients.  TGMC anticipates being able to resume normal activity immediately after the storm passes to care for the needs of our community.  Patients who will remain in the hospital throughout the storm are reminded that they are allowed one family member to remain with them during their stay. 

It is important to note that TGMC is NOT a special needs shelter.  Special needs patients should call 1-800-228-9409.

In an effort to keep the public and employees informed, TGMC will have information about the hospital status available on its web site http://www.tgmc.com, communicated through HTV, WWL-TV and WWL radio 870 am, and on its Facebook page (Terrebonne General Medical Center).  The web site and Facebook will be updated frequently as new information is collected.  Information that will be available will include the following:

·         Status of facility

·         Dates for employees to report to work

·         Available parking at facility

·         Entry points of facility

TGMC is working closely with all local, state and federal agencies.  In the event that a parish-wide evacuation is mandated TGMC will also be following state and federal guidelines for evacuating patients. 

TGMC encourages everyone to prepare in advance and implement their own Severe Weather Preparedness Plan to ensure safety and wellbeing.  TGMC also encourages individuals to follow mandates issued by state and local government concerning Severe Weather Preparedness.

Our disaster planning team and severe weather plan were designed to maintain a hospital environment that is safe, therapeutic, and comfortable, and to provide and maintain basic building services 24 hours a day 7 days a week, in all types of weather and disasters.    “Currently every measure is being taken to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and physical plant,” added Mrs. Peoples. 

For patients seeking treatment at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC the modified hours of operation are as noted:

  • Monday, August 27:  All Centers will be open and will operate under normal business hours.
  • Tuesday, August 28:  Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC will be closed.
  • Wednesday, August 29:  Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at TGMC will be closed.

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For more information please call

985-873-4141