Operation "Snowball" Keeps Hospital Moving

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Snow Piles at Sentara RMH

Harrisonburg, (WHSV)-- It's called Operation "Snowball", and like the name implies it keeps things here at Sentara RMH Medical Center moving.

With the many inches of snow we've seen here in our area, employees here at Sentara RMH weren't able to make it home Wednesday night. They say they are doing what's best for patients.

"At a hospital setting, we're always providing care for patients. There's always patient needs, care needs. We need to have our staff here," said Joseph Tacy, who is the Nursing Coordinator at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Joseph Tacy who is from Staunton is the Nursing Coordinator for the Hospital. He spent the night at a nearby hotel as part of the operation.

"I think that it's just, you're dedicated to make sure that everything runs well and smoothly at the hospital and that our patients don't even realize we're having a blizzard," said Tacy.

More than 50 employees slept at the hospital Wednesday night to make sure they were on time for their shifts.

Volunteers had to pick up others like Jennifer Hoten, whose car was buried deep under snow.

"I woke up and I couldn't get to work, so I called my staffing coordinator and they called and got somebody to come pick me up. It was great," said Hoten.

Not all employees were as lucky as Hoten.

Some staff members weren't able to be picked up in places like West Virginia and other rural areas.

"It's been busy and we're still able to have all of the employees that we need," said Tacy.

He said all the ambulances were able to make it on time to the hospital when there were emergencies.

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