(North Charleston, SC) October 6, 2016 - As the Charleston area braces for the impact of Hurricane Matthew Trident Health administrators, physicians, and clinicians are working through their Emergency Preparedness Plan to ensure patient and staff safety. Trident Health consists of Trident and Summerville Medical Centers, Moncks Corner Medical Center, and Centre Pointe Emergency.
To help prepare for the storm Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati announced, “Our thoughts and prayers are with our patients, their families, and our staff during this time of preparation. Our main priorities are to ensure our patients receive excellent care; provide for the safety of our staff; and be prepared to accept medical emergencies if they occur.” Additionally, Gallati reminded residents the hospital is not a community shelter and suggested families identify a shelter prior to the storm’s arrival in case it’s needed.
- If someone has a medical emergency during the storm call 9-1-1.
- Trident Health’s four emergency departments will be open during the weather event.
- Trident’s Level ll Trauma team is available.
- All non-emergent procedures and surgeries have been cancelled.
- Only emergent procedures will be performed until the “all clear” is declared.
- All of Trident’s clinics are cancelled and physician practices are closed.
Gallati adds, “We are in constant contact with our state and local emergency management teams. We are confident in the plan we have in place and our staff and physicians who will ensure we continue providing high quality of care during this weather event.”