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‘All hands on deck:’ URMC outlines ER preparedness for Eclipse Day

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BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WROC) — With just one week until the total solar eclipse, and hundreds of thousands expected to descend upon our region for the event, local hospital systems are prepared with contingency plans in place.

For URMC, their command center at Strong Memorial Hospital will be partially activated next Monday. There, staff will oversee routine operations and deploy resources where needed.

URMC is also planning to boost staff at all facilities, but they caution, if you do need medical care April 8, be sure to seek it in the most appropriate location.

“We’re anticipating that [traffic] in our emergency departments. We’ve tried where we can to staff up a little bit better, so we can handle any surges in volumes. But again, we do that every day,” said David Chafetz, chief administrative officer of emergency medicine for the U of R.

In some cases, the day of the eclipse will be ‘business as usual’ for the medical industry locally, according to Chafetz.

However, with the influx of people expected in our region that day and weekend, it will require all hands on deck.

“We’ve been preparing for quite a number of months at this point. Not only around staffing-related issues, but we’ll also be staffing up our command center with that partial activation. We’re not anticipating any major concerns, but this way, we’re prepared on the off chance there is. There will probably be five or six of us there keeping tabs on our operations, deploying resources where there’s any needs,” he said.

If you plan to take in the eclipse, officials say at home may be the best place to do so.

“Our hospital systems are pretty stressed and stretched. It’s very important that patients understand to stay home, enjoy the eclipse from the safety of your home if you can. Stay off the streets. We will have additional visitors coming into the area, so to the degree that we can, we’re trying to keep everybody safe and we hope it’s just a business day as usual, and everybody gets a wonderful opportunity to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Chafetz.

One of the biggest PSA’s from officials is if you plan to partake in the eclipse, make sure to wear the proper eyewear. As always, Strong’s ophthalmology department will be on site to help with any injuries that hopefully don’t arise.

​ BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WROC) — With just one week until the total solar eclipse, and hundreds of thousands expected to descend upon our region for the event, local hospital systems are prepared with contingency plans in place.

For URMC, their command center at Strong Memorial Hospital will be partially activated next Monday. There, staff will oversee routine operations and deploy resources where needed.

URMC is also planning to boost staff at all facilities, but they caution, if you do need medical care April 8, be sure to seek it in the most appropriate location.

“We’re anticipating that [traffic] in our emergency departments. We’ve tried where we can to staff up a little bit better, so we can handle any surges in volumes. But again, we do that every day,” said David Chafetz, chief administrative officer of emergency medicine for the U of R.

In some cases, the day of the eclipse will be ‘business as usual’ for the medical industry locally, according to Chafetz.

However, with the influx of people expected in our region that day and weekend, it will require all hands on deck.

“We’ve been preparing for quite a number of months at this point. Not only around staffing-related issues, but we’ll also be staffing up our command center with that partial activation. We’re not anticipating any major concerns, but this way, we’re prepared on the off chance there is. There will probably be five or six of us there keeping tabs on our operations, deploying resources where there’s any needs,” he said.

If you plan to take in the eclipse, officials say at home may be the best place to do so.

“Our hospital systems are pretty stressed and stretched. It’s very important that patients understand to stay home, enjoy the eclipse from the safety of your home if you can. Stay off the streets. We will have additional visitors coming into the area, so to the degree that we can, we’re trying to keep everybody safe and we hope it’s just a business day as usual, and everybody gets a wonderful opportunity to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event,” said Chafetz.

One of the biggest PSA’s from officials is if you plan to partake in the eclipse, make sure to wear the proper eyewear. As always, Strong’s ophthalmology department will be on site to help with any injuries that hopefully don’t arise. Read More Eclipse LocalRochesterFirst  

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