ATLANTA(Sept. 8, 2017)— As thousands of families evacuate southeastern coastlines in preparation for Hurricane Irma’s landfall across portions of the region, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is assisting hospitals and regional coalitions throughout the southeast to help ensure pediatric patients are out of harm’s way. Children’s is the Pediatric Specialty Coordinating Hospital for the state of Georgia, which means Children’s will assist all Georgia regional healthcare coalitions with pediatric patient needs.
The hospital system stands ready to support fellow hospitals throughout the state and assist in the care of children with the most critical needs in Georgia. Children’s leadership, clinical teams and staff are working in close coordination with the Department of Public Health and the Georgia Hospital Association and the Children's Transfer Center is facilitating the acceptance of pediatric critical care and medical/surgical inpatient care. In preparation for Hurricane Irma, Children’s transported 19 patients from Savannah to Scottish Rite and Egleston as well as to three other metro Atlanta hospitals and facilities in Augusta.
“It is an honor for Children’s to serve the state of Georgia as a Specialty Coordinating Hospital,” said Dr. Patrick Frias, Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Our transport team has been working around the clock to move the tiniest patients out of the path of this unprecedented storm.”
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has three campuses, Egleston, Scottish Rite and Hughes Spalding. Egleston is the only designated Level 1 pediatric trauma center in the state, while Scottish Rite is the only designated Level 2 pediatric trauma center. Between the three campuses, Children’s has 622 licensed pediatric beds. In addition to two PICUs, Children’s has Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Technology Dependent Intensive Care Units (TICU). Children’s has all pediatric sub-specialties and will accept pediatric patients in transfer when beds are available. During the Hurricane Irma response, our primary focus has been on NICU babies and working with partners to identify an appropriate facility for patients who have been evacuated.
In addition to the hospitals that provide critical care services, Children’s is monitoring inpatient pediatric beds throughout the Southeast and can assist with the transfer of medical/surgical pediatric patients within the region. Children's transport teams are comprised of Advanced Life Support crews, including nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists who have access to nine ambulances and two helicopters.