Heroes Among Us
In any emergency, home or away,
UHS employees rally to respond.
Our employees know how important it is to jump into action and assist immediately in an emergency. In 2017, many went above and beyond during and after devastating natural and man-made disasters.
Beginning in August, many of our hospitals and employees had to overcome extreme adversity as they watched their homes and lives affected by hurricanes, violence and wildfires. In each instance, UHS provided a strong foundation of support thanks to the Corporate Incident Command Center that worked hand-in-hand with local teams to make sure our patients and employees were cared for and safe.
The Category 4 Hurricane made three landfalls in Texas and Louisiana dropping up to 60 inches of rain that caused massive flooding. All four of our Houston-area behavioral health facilities, West Oaks Hospital, Cypress Creek Hospital, Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire and Kingwood Pines Hospital remained operational. While one facility sustained significant damage, our employees from throughout Texas and beyond stepped up to help.
Doctors Hospital of Laredo collected needed items. Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire opened its doors and cared for patients from other facilities and welcomed displaced staff and family members to find safety at the facility.
The strongest Atlantic Basin hurricane to hit the east coast, according to the National Weather Service, the storm affected nine states. In total, 46 of our acute care and behavioral health facilities were put on emergency preparedness status. The storm forced the evacuation of Manatee Memorial Hospital, Coastal Harbor Health System, Fort Lauderdale Hospital, Atlantic Shores Hospital, Saint Simons By-The-Sea and SandyPines.
Wellington Regional Medical Center offered a safe place for expectant moms. One patient who stayed at the hospital during the storm said, “Thank you for providing safe haven to expectant moms during the storm! We look forward to seeing you again soon to deliver our long-awaited bundle of joy.”
Manatee Memorial Hospital was evacuated prior to the storm and many patients were taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. One patient thanked the teams and said, “They got me in quickly and treated me even though they were evacuating Manatee Memorial Hospital. It was still a number 1 experience.”
Coral Shores Behavioral Health welcomed patients evacuated from other UHS facilities, along with staff and their families. The facility was also asked to provide shelter for Martin County residents and volunteers from the Florida Department of Health, as well as the American Red Cross®.
Puerto Rico was decimated by Hurricane Maria in September and Astro Muñoz, CEO/Managing Director of Hospital Panamericano, praised the dedicated staff who continued to provide care to patients during the hurricane and long after. The team never stopped caring for patients in spite of being without power for nearly three months. The hospital was able to remain fully operational thanks to generator power and constant contact with the Corporate Incident Command Team via satellite phones. Needed medical supplies, dishes, food, water, flashlights, batteries, and other essential items were provided by Corporate.
Tragedy in Las Vegas
On October 1, The Valley Health System responded to the deadliest mass shooting in the country — 59 people were killed and more than 500 were injured. A majority of the injured were taken to The Valley Health System emergency rooms and staff rallied to assist in our hospitals and at the shooting location.
Desert Springs Hospital alone cared for 105 victims, including a number who were in critical condition. Hundreds of thank yous were received from people we served. We are proud and humbled to say that all victims who arrived at our hospitals stayed alive — thanks in large part to the expertise, dedication and quick action on the part of our clinical staff.
UHS Foundation offers assistance
The UHS Foundation was founded in 2005 to assist employees and their families as they recover and rebuild their homes and lives after natural disasters. Employees affected by natural disasters can request financial assistance from the Foundation to help pay for essential living expenses, including housing, utilities, food, clothing and basic necessities.
The UHS Foundation is funded by generous donations from our 81,000-plus employees and matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. This fall and winter, the Foundation provided more than $300,000 to employees affected by hurricanes, including 90 employees in Puerto Rico alone.
Support the UHS Foundation
The UHS Foundation is a charitable trust. Donations to the Foundation are 100 percent tax deductible and can be made via credit or debit card on a secure platform. Employees also can contribute through payroll deduction or with a personal check made payable to UHS Foundation and mailed to the Corporate headquarters.
More information on the UHS Foundation can be found on the secure donation platform: uhsdonates.com →