September 2011

CHI Staff, Facilities Served Their Communities During Hurricane Irene

Employees at CHI facilities affected by Hurricane Irene in late August – St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, MD; Saint Clare’s Health System, Denville, NJ; and St. Joseph Regional Health Network, Reading, PA – reported power outages and flooding problems as a result of the storm, but were operational and able to respond to health care needs.
Flooding was most severe at Saint Clare’s, and access to each of the system’s four hospital campuses was somewhat compromised by floodwater. Saint Clare’s-Sussex had to replace a faulty generator, so all patients were discharged or transferred to other facilities and the hospital closed for a short time.

St. Joseph-Towson ran on generator power for a day, but all systems were stabilized and patient influx was minimal. St. Joseph-Reading operated as usual despite experiencing some power reductions during the storm.

CHI thanks all employees, staff members and volunteers who helped prepare for and respond to patient needs during the storm.