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West Virginia hospital places nurses in hotel rooms before freezing conditions stay open

What do hospital staff do when road conditions are so bad?

MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) – We often forget that healthcare workers are normal people who drive to work like all of us. So when winter weather arrives, the hospital tries to make it as stress-free as possible.

We offer them some rooms here. We have areas available where we can staff overnight. We also did the Sleep Inn in Moundsville. Who, they were great. Shout out to them for the last snow storm as we had about 40 staff there.

Margaret Denny, Director of Nursing at WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital

Reynolds takes that tab and even throws in bagged lunches.

Denny also takes on the name of “incident commander” during the winter, clearing the way for as many employees to get to Reynolds safely.

“We need every employee at this hospital to do the job for our patients,” the operations commander said.

A power outage is not an option for the hospital which has backup generators.

But when it comes to outside the hospital, paramedics have to be selective about which calls they answer on icy roads. They have to drive slower, that’s why…

If that’s as much ice as we get, don’t make any changes. If you don’t have to go out, don’t go out.

Because we see a lot of injuries where people are slipping on the ice and hitting their heads. Which could be life threatening.

Margaret Denny, Director of Nursing at WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital

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