Howard University Hospital Prepared for Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON (Aug.  27) -- Howard University Hospital has beefed up its services and staff to ensure it will continue to deliver quality health care to its patients and the Washington metro area through expected torrential rains, heavy winds and possible power outages accompanying Hurricane Irene.

The storm is expected to dump three to six inches of rain on the area, with possible wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.  Power outages and flooding are expected.

Chief Operations Officer Oliver Crump said the hospital has made all the preparations, such as making sure it has enough staff and doctors as well as medicine.

“We’ve gone through every area of our hospital – all our clinical services, facilities, our backup systems, supplies – and we’re prepared to continue to serve our community,” Crump said.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. R.G. Adams said his team is ready.

“We are fully staffed to be operational through this storm,” Adams said.  “We have additional resources immediately available so that there will be no disruption of service.”

Chief Nurse Mayble Craig said the hospital has made space for employees to stay at the facility indefinitely so they can continue to deliver service.  

“We’re hoping for the best, but we’ve prepared for the worst,” Craig said.

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