When Hurricane Florence made landfall Sept. 14 on the North Carolina coast, it brought a massive amount of rainfall and damaging winds with it. The first major storm in the Atlantic this year, Hurricane Florence measured 350 miles wide and produced record rainfall and widespread flooding – as much as 34 inches of rain in a 72-hour period in some areas.
LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina in Rocky Mount is located about two hours north of where Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach. Although the Rocky Mount area received rain, the hospital fortunately was not in the direct path of the storm and avoided major damage.
The North Carolina team sprang into action to help other hospitals in need of assistance with patient evacuations, including hospitals in Wilmington and other hard hit areas along the coast. The hospital also helped accommodate people with special medical needs, including vents, trachs and oxygen, from affected communities in which the local shelters were unable to manage their needs. In addition, the hospital housed more than 30 associates displaced by the evacuation efforts.
“We were honored to help patients, families and our medical peers in our community,” said Robyn Perkerson, CEO at LifeCare Hospitals of North Carolina. “I am so proud of our associates for stepping up to help and demonstrating our five core values, especially OWN It – never walking past a problem, patient or colleague in need. They certainly put the needs of others ahead of their own during the peak of the storm activity, despite their concern for their own loved ones in the hardest hit areas. We will continue to seek out ways to help in the relief efforts in the coming weeks and months.”