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Hospitals live through Ike and Gustav and tell you what they learned about emergency preparations

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December 1, 2008

When Hurricanes Gustav and Ike respectively slammed southwest Louisiana and east Texas in late summer, area hospitals invoked disaster plans sharpened by the difficult experiences of Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Tropical Storm Allison (2001).

Representatives of two facilities hit by Gustav and Ike, Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, spoke with Briefings on Hospital Safety during recovery efforts to share their experiences.

“Our plan worked well because we practice—and practice a lot,” said John Cook, MBA, CPE, CHSP, director of facilities management services at Methodist, a 900-bed hospital comprised of five buildings.

When Hurricanes Gustav and Ike respectively slammed southwest Louisiana and east Texas in late summer, area hospitals invoked disaster plans sharpened by the difficult experiences of Hurricane Katrina (2005) and Tropical Storm Allison (2001). Representatives of two facilities hit by Gustav and Ike, Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, spoke with Briefings on Hospital Safety during recovery efforts to share their experiences. “Our plan worked well because we practice—and practice a lot,” said John Cook, MBA, CPE, CHSP, director of facilities management services at Methodist, a 900-bed hospital comprised of five buildings.

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