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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – We’re just days away from the total solar eclipse and Rochester Regional Health has its war room ready at Rochester General Hospital after planning along with city, county, and state experts for quite some time.

For events like the eclipse where there is the potential for widespread emergency, RRH prepares rooms like this for important faculty members to make decisions. Most recently, they used it during the nurse’s strike at Rochester General– then there was a full room, around the clock, for around two and a half days.

“We will have extra staff on site particularly in our emergency department in case we get a surge or an influx of patients we want to be able to safely care for all those who come and need our services,” President and COO Rochester General Hospital Tammy Snyder said.

For the eclipse, hundreds of thousands of people are traveling to the Rochester area which could mean more accidents but also more traffic on the roads and the waters.

“We have our helipad here that’s still going to be operational as well so if there’s anything taking place for that there are some other concerns, there are some extraction points for boaters that are out on Lake Ontario too,” Senior Director for System Emergency Preparedness Rob Johnson said.

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They’re hoping hospital staff and able patients can enjoy the eclipse too.

Snyder added, “We want to make sure our staff that are here obviously it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity do have the ability to view the solar eclipse, so we are trying to make this a fun event for the team.”

RGH isn’t necessarily expecting more patients than usual but have prepared for extra caution. Hospital staff want everyone to enjoy the eclipse, just safely and with authentic eclipse glasses.

“When I’m wearing this right now even with the bright lights, I cannot see anything at all completely dark that is one first gauge of whether or not they’re authentic if you’re looking at a light bulb you should not be able to see it,” Ophthalmology Department Chair and Medical Retina Specialist Dr. Luca Zatreanu said.

Make sure those glasses are also ISO certified.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – We’re just days away from the total solar eclipse and Rochester Regional Health has its war room ready at Rochester General Hospital after planning along with city, county, and state experts for quite some time.

For events like the eclipse where there is the potential for widespread emergency, RRH prepares rooms like this for important faculty members to make decisions. Most recently, they used it during the nurse’s strike at Rochester General– then there was a full room, around the clock, for around two and a half days.

“We will have extra staff on site particularly in our emergency department in case we get a surge or an influx of patients we want to be able to safely care for all those who come and need our services,” President and COO Rochester General Hospital Tammy Snyder said.

For the eclipse, hundreds of thousands of people are traveling to the Rochester area which could mean more accidents but also more traffic on the roads and the waters.

“We have our helipad here that’s still going to be operational as well so if there’s anything taking place for that there are some other concerns, there are some extraction points for boaters that are out on Lake Ontario too,” Senior Director for System Emergency Preparedness Rob Johnson said.
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They’re hoping hospital staff and able patients can enjoy the eclipse too.

Snyder added, “We want to make sure our staff that are here obviously it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity do have the ability to view the solar eclipse, so we are trying to make this a fun event for the team.”

RGH isn’t necessarily expecting more patients than usual but have prepared for extra caution. Hospital staff want everyone to enjoy the eclipse, just safely and with authentic eclipse glasses.

“When I’m wearing this right now even with the bright lights, I cannot see anything at all completely dark that is one first gauge of whether or not they’re authentic if you’re looking at a light bulb you should not be able to see it,” Ophthalmology Department Chair and Medical Retina Specialist Dr. Luca Zatreanu said.

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