In the early morning hours on Oct. 5, Dr. Dean Dalili, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Hospital Medicine at SCP, was well aware that Hurricane Matthew was barreling down on the Florida coast and that Wuesthoff Medical Center Rockledge was in its path.
“Working with hospital administration, our original plan was to assemble a hurricane emergency team of clinicians who could stay at the hospital for the next 24-36 hours, not really knowing what we would face or how bad the storm would be,” explained Dr. Dalili. But by the next day, Floridians were alerted that Matthew had strengthened to a Category 4 storm, with the eye headed straight for Cocoa Beach. “We were 36 hours from landfall, and our facility is classified to withstand Category 3 storms. But at this strength, we knew we had to evacuate.”
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