FHA Alert: Hurricane Ian Advisory for October 4, 2022
Visit FHA’s Emergency Management page for the latest information and resources from past advisories.
FHA Daily Hurricane Briefing
Today, at the request of the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the Florida Hospital Association held a special Disaster Recovery Briefing. Joining President Mayhew on the call was AHCA Secretary Simone Marstiller.
First, FHA is happy to report that water and power have been restored and water pressure is now available at all Lee Health facilities. Area hospitals however are still working on addressing staffing.
Secretary Marstiller and the team gave updates on the ESF-8 team and their work on contacting physicians to ensure their needs are met. A group of state employees from DOH, AHCA, and FDEM along with volunteers from FHA and various associations are handling patient transfers and making connections based on the needs of the mission. There have been 4,700 transferred so far. Secretary Marstiller also touched on addressing difficult delayed and discharged patients. The best way to escalate that request is to send that information to Secretary Marstiller and Deputy Secretary Kim Smoak. She asks that the hospitals give a sense of what steps have been taken already to address the challenge.
Additionally, acute staffing needs arise as hospital employees have been displaced. Staffing requests should be submitted to the Local Country Emergency Operations Centers, and they will be escalated to the state.
AHCA will continue updating its Ian website with resources and information. Visit the Hurricane Ian Information webpage for more.
Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System
- Blood Donors Needed - With other hospitals in our area are caring for an influx of patients from S. FL. We are in need of blood supplies, now more than ever, for patients seeking emergency care. Donating blood is one of the ways you can help our community during this crisis.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
For the latest information, alerts and updates visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.
Governor Ron DeSantis
Florida Response to Hurricane Ian Continues - October 4, 2022
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)
Hurricane Ian Medicaid Resources - resources and information are available to assist recipients and providers with Medicaid issues during the emergency.
American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE)
ASHE has created a resource page to assist health care facilities professionals in their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The resources cover critical operations such as air quality, safety and security, emergency preparedness, and infection prevention.
Health Services Advisory Group Dialysis Patient Assistance Hotlines
Please contact John Wilgis at (850) 524-2037 for more information and assistance.