Thursday, June 9, 2011
The cover of the latest issue of Modern Healthcare, the trade magazine for the healthcare industry, shows St. John's Regional Hospital in Joplin, MO. The title was aptly put as "Blown Away." The devastation was unbelievable. I can't imagine the challenges that the CEO, Lynn Britton, and his executive team are dealing with each day. What WMHS has learned is that we need to go to school on the St. John's experience. We are at minimum, doing a tabletop disaster drill exercise in an effort to model our response and identify our shortcomings should we face such an unimaginable crisis. Joplin, MO, you continue in my thoughts and prayers.