Hospitals Remain Open in Snow


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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Despite the snow and ice, local hospitals stay open in case you need them.

A lot of businesses decided not to open Monday, but hospitals don't have that luxury.

Even on days like Monday, the doors need to be open, and that means a lot of work has to be done to make sure the hospital is safe in the snow.

At Augusta Health, plows and salt trucks worked to clear the parking lots and make sure ambulances could get through.

Lisa Schwenk, the hospital's communications director, said the work doesn't stop there.

They even open up an incident command center to help deal with problems that arise.

"We practice, we have supplies, we have staff that's always on the ready to come in and get called back in. The guys clearing the snow probably came in before you and I were awake, and they'll probably be here when we leave. So we very much appreciate all their efforts, especially during days like today," said Schwenk.

Schwenk also said they use open rooms at the hospital for doctors or nurses to stay the night if they need to.

They also designate drivers with four-wheel-drive vehicles to take staff home or to the hospital and for patients who have appointments that aren't rescheduled, they have valet parking so you can go right to the door.


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