Wuesthoff Health System Maintained Normal Operations Without Interruption During Hurricane Matthew
By Space Coast Daily // October 7, 2016
welcomed more than 60 transfers
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – As Hurricane Matthew moved just offshore of Brevard County during the early morning hours of Friday, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne performed as expected during the storm, maintaining normal operations without interruption.
“Our patients were cared for by the compassionate teams from both Melbourne and Wuesthoff Medical Center‐Rockledge in the safety of our category 5 rated hospital,” said Ron Gicca, CEO of Wuesthoff Medical Center‐Melbourne.
“We welcomed more than 60 transfers into our hospital from the Rockledge facility and Wuesthoff Hospice & Palliative Care, in conjunction with additional Rockledge and Hospice staff.”
At this time, Wuesthoff Medical Center‐Rockledge is in the process of re‐establishing operations. After evacuating during the day and early morning of October 5‐6, hospital leaders worked with ACHA and have received clearance to reopen, effective Saturday, October 8.
“The safety of our patients and staff is always our first priority and the evacuation and transfer process was very smooth, thanks to the staff and receiving facilities,” shared Gary Malaer, CEO of Wuesthoff Health System.
“Wuesthoff Medical Center‐Rockledge looks forward to becoming fully operational now that we have received the green light from ACHA. This was a joint effort between the community, state agencies and hospital providers in Brevard and neighboring counties. It was a true testament of teamwork.”