Yesterday, we had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Brian Rust, the Director of Security Services at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, which is now owned by Mass General Hospital, speak to my Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare class.
Mr. Rust was originally scheduled to speak the week before but he had several emergencies to contend with and I am not talking about patient emergencies, so he had to reschedule.
Mr. Rust was a terrific Professor for a Day - sharing with us the planning behind emergency preparedness in a hospital, which aims to provide "the best healthcare in an appropriate setting."
His talk was fascinating and illustrated how much a community relies on a hospital as do first responders. He spoke on the importance of emergency preparedness and justifying it to highers-up and even mentioned that 70 staff members slept in the hospital during our recent snowstorm(s) since transportation may have been an issue and staff was needed. Hence, more food had to be supplied.
There were many very interesting points that he made, sometimes in a graphical way, as when he discussed "Med-slides," which are used to move patients down stairs in case of a power failure with elevators not functioning. He also noted that medicines, typically, arrive "just-in-time" on a daily basis so when there may be transport failures that could be an issue. He spoke about a federal mandate that requires hospitals to be able to recover in 96 hours and maintain operations during that period.
We very much appreciate Mr. Rust sharing his wealth of expertise with us and thank Cooley Dickinson for all it does for healthcare in our community. His presentation and the discussions will keep us thinking and reflecting for a long time to come!