Posted on Sep 15,2017
Hurricane Irma’s impact along the west coast of Florida remains even days after the storm moved through the area, causing flooding, power outages and destruction that impacted our patients, families and employees.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is a resource this community depends on for care and one that is focused on being a part of the recovery efforts. We appreciate the patience and understanding of the families we serve throughout this challenging time.
Leading up to and during the storm, hospital employees united to keep the hospital operating for more than 120 patients in need of immediate care. Although the storm has passed, the work continues. Inpatient admissions continue to increase and clinics are reopening. Many hospital employees and their families have been impacted by storm damage or power outages, but they continue to meet the needs of the community.
Outpatient Care centers in Lakeland, East Lake and Pasco County sustained minor damage from the storm but reopened Thursday. The Fort Myers area sustained major flooding and many hospital employees remain displaced. That Outpatient Care location is expected to reopen Monday. Hospital employees collected and delivered supplies Friday to their particularly hard-hit colleagues in Fort Myers.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation is using designated resources to work with patient families to help meet their needs in recovering from the storm. The hospital hosted a food truck from Feeding Tampa Bay Wednesday evening on its St. Petersburg, Florida, campus with several hospital employees volunteering to distribute water, fruit and meals ready to eat to the community and hospital staff impacted by Irma.
The hospital continues to reach out to support employees and the community at large.It has established funds to assist patient families and hospital employees.