2002-11-16 / Community

Hospital Responds to Massive Oil Spill

Hospital Responds to Massive Oil Spill

On November 5, at around 2:00 p.m. the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (PCECR) was contacted by the Department of Health regarding an oil spill at the Ocean Promenade Nursing Center on Beach 113 Street.

The facility’s external disaster plan was immediately put into effect and a triage unit was set up in the main lobby of the extended care center to accept incoming residents from the nursing home.

Thirty-five residents were brought in that night and two additional residents were admitted that Friday. Additional supplies were rush ordered to satisfy the unexpected census increase, as regular medications were supplied by the Ocean Promenade Nursing Center. Adequate staff was already on hand along with a sufficient food supply to accommodate the incoming residents. Families of the residents were notified of the whereabouts of their loved ones, and were welcomed to visit during this time.

The residents were discharged and safely returned to the Ocean Promenade Nursing Center on Monday, November 11.

"I was very pleased with the quick response by our nurses and support staff," said Janet Miele-Powers, Senior Vice President and Administrator at PCECR. "It is difficult to prepare for an incident like this, and it is reassuring to know that we were able to effectively help one of our neighbors and most importantly, their residents."

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