September 11, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT: Joann Rodgers
In response to the catastrophic events in New York City and Washington D.C., Johns Hopkins Medicine has made all of its personnel and resources available to assist in any way possible during this unprecedented crisis. As part of this effort, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, including the Bayview Medical Center and the Howard County General Hospital, have activated their respective Disaster Emergency Plans. Other activities include:
- Medical personnel, especially surgeons, nurses, and burn specialists, not on site, have been recalled to their respective places of work.
- The Bayview Medical Centerís Burn Unit has been put on full alert and is staffed and ready to accommodate additional patients.
- In order to make available as many operating rooms and beds as possible, all elective surgeries and elective admissions and transfers are temporarily postponed until further notice.
- All Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine clinical services personnel have been placed on alert status in order to make facilities and staff available for patients from the disaster sites.
- Patients who are medically cleared for discharge will be discharged as rapidly as possible in order to free up as many hospital beds as possible.
- While hospital patientsí visitations will continue, extra security measures have been implemented.
- Johns Hopkins Medicine will launch an emergency blood drive in anticipation of an increased demand for blood. Details about the blood drive will follow later.