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TRHS went into disaster mode for Hurricane Michael
10/12/2018
Tift Regional Health System (TRHS), which includes Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) in Tifton and Cook Medical Center (CMC) in Adel, went into disaster alert on Tuesday, Oct. 9 in order to prepare for Hurricane Michael and a possible influx of patients during the storm cycle.

• Incident command centers were activated at TRMC in Tifton and CMC in Adel on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 12:00 p.m. and officially closed on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 12:00 p.m.

• Both command centers had ongoing contact with the National Weather Service. TRHS also had a communication link with the Georgia Healthcare Alliance (GHA) 911 service, a web-based platform which connects Georgia's hospitals and other local and state agencies with communication, information and tools to assist in disaster preparedness and mutual aid planning.

• TRMC and CMC housed essential personnel on the night of Wednesday, Oct. 10 to ensure proper staffing at its hospitals.

• TRHS Food Services and Supply Chain Services increased inventory levels to avoid any supply shortages during the storm.

• TRMC went to generator power at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night, but regular power was restored by 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning. TRMC also had a temporary issue with running water Thursday morning, but the problem was rectified. Cook Medical Center did not lose power and water worked properly.

• Due to the City of Tifton’s advisory on Thursday, Oct. 11 to boil tap water for drinking, TRMC provided patients and visitors with bottled water until the advisory was lifted on the afternoon of Oct. 12.

• TRMC and CMC did not see a higher influx of patients due to Hurricane Matthew and no requests were made to accept transfer patients from other hospital facilities.

• The TRMC and CMC facilities did not sustain any structural damage during the hurricane.

• Elective surgeries resumed on Friday, Oct. 12.

• All TRHS clinics and outpatient centers are back to normal operating hours.

Thanks to all of our skilled and dedicated staff members for ensuring our hospitals were prepared for a possible surge of patients during the storm. We appreciate your service!