Time and again, natural disasters have claimed residents of nursing homes and other senior communities. The risks rise in a state like Florida, which has the highest proportion of people 65 and older of any state, one in five of its residents.
New York City hospitals say they're stronger and readier than they were five years ago when Sandy struck the Northeast.
As Hurricane Irma barreled toward South Florida, hospitals, distributors and government agencies prepared to help the region deal with yet another catastrophic storm. Irma made landfall in Florida on Sunday and continues to pummel the state.
Guest Commentary: As Texas hospitals learned in wake of Harvey, preparedness key to protecting livesSeptember 02, 2017
Health systems nationwide can learn vital lessons from Texas' planning and response to further strengthen their own preparedness and "harden" their facilities to all hazards.
Hospitals in Texas were among the larger institutions affected by Hurricane Harvey, as can be seen from a sampling of photos captured on Twitter.
Houston's hospitals were well-prepared for Hurricane Harvey. In the past 10 years, hospitals in disaster-prone areas across the country have implemented both structural and operational safeguards to keep patients and staffers safe and prevent major damage.
Online resources for healthcare providers and patients managing the effects of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey can be found in Modern Healthcare's digital guide.
Many long-term care providers may not be prepared to meet CMS emergency preparedness requirements—the cost of which is estimated at $370 million the first year.
A few hours before a tornado touched down Tuesday night in Ottawa, a southwest Chicago suburb, frontline staff at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center was preparing to receive a score of patients injured in the aftermath.
To prepare for the hurricane that pummeled the U.S.' Southeast coast last week, hospitals in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas either evacuated their facilities or prepared to face the storm.
Hospitals from Florida to the Carolinas are taking cover and preparing for the aftermath of the deadly storm.
Providers must adhere to four best-practice standards: developing an emergency plan, creating a communications plan, having a training program and developing appropriate policies and procedures, according to the rule.