In case you were wondering, there doesnt seem to be much relationship between a good mango season and the number of hurricanes that land on Florida during a year.
Outliers: Keeping an eye on the weather, healthcare style
This is only one tidbit of news that readers will find on a new blog launched by Wayne Brackin, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Baptist Health South Florida. The Coral Gables-based system sees the blog, dubbed Weathering the Storms, as a way to keep its employees and community updated about the hurricane season now under way. (Find a link to the blog on Baptist Healths home page, baptisthealth.net)
Using new media to communicate will come in handy for the health system, which can reach residents who might not always know whats going on inside the hospital, says Brackin, who writes the entries. The blog will serve as a tool the community can turn to for emergency information and real-time updates during storms, he adds.
Employees and area residents arent shy about leaving their comments on the blog, which will run through the end of the season on Nov. 30, hence the question about mangoes and hurricanes. Brackin found a physician who is an amateur meteorologist to answer that one. And aside from the more serious aspects of blog, Brackin cant help but share some quirky details of disasters.
You think you know people, he writes in one entry, recalling what happened after a storm. A physician showed up wearing camouflage fatigues, armed to the teeth. He came into the office and told me I should do likewise as he expected that the hospital would be under siege within 24 hours. Prior to this, he had seemed like a nice, stable family physician. Turns out he had some pre-existing conditions we werent aware of that were triggered by the stress. By the way, he is no longer practicing medicine.
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