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Hospitals prepped for every scenario–not just Ebola

By Brian Gilliland

(Oct 24, 2014) The signs hang ominously in the windows of medical clinics associated with Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center warning potential clients they may need to divulge their past travel plans if they plan to use their services in the future.

This iteration of the 7 Ps as applied to disaster management comes with a hint of self-aware reassurance from Mary Beth D’Amico, the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of PRMC.

“While the possibility of an Ebola outbreak on the Eastern Shore may seem remote, Peninsula regional is accustomed to preparing for the worst – if not Ebola, then a virulent flu strain, a tornado, a hurricane, a hazardous waste spill or any other worst-case scenario that we might face,” she said.

AGH’s website also offers reassurance, with a special highlighted box detailing, “Atlantic General Hospital follows protocols established in conjunction with the Worcester County Health Department to screen for Ebola and isolate potential infection to protect the health and safety of out patients, our healthcare workers and our community.”

Both hospitals have more information on Ebola on their websites, atlanticgeneral.org and peninsula.org.

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