How healthcare facilities survive natural disasters

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How healthcare facilities survive natural disasters

Sutter Health in California, MD Anderson in Texas and a stand-alone Texas clinic shared lessons learned from their successful disaster responses in an article on the Healthcare Finance website.

Surviving can require everything from thorough communication, coordination and cloud-based EHRs.

Let’s take a closer look at how Sutter, MD Anderson and Fannett Medical Center survived and what other hospitals can take away from their experiences.

Sutter Health faced the Northern California wildfires. The fact that the facility had its own independent water source meant that they were not subject to complications from the failure of the city water system….


Adapting Building Design to the Effects of Climate Change

Imagine that your recently completed sustainable waterfront development opens to fanfare, but the new glass storefronts facing the bay are soon boarded up in anticipation of a hurricane. Winds of 100 miles (161 km) per hour, strong rains, and tall waves soon will be pounding the new jewel in the crown of your portfolio. Where does the water go? How long will it take to reopen the facility if it is compromised by flooding or debris? And how long will it take for insurance claims to be processed?

Now consider the value that advanced design thinking would bring if that same facility had integrated hurricane shutters, flood drains, cisterns, or any of the countless resilient design strategies available…


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