Community helps employees get to hospital

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - While the snow may have put a stop to area schools it didn't stop people's need for medical attention. Bon Secours health system even asked for volunteers with four wheel drive vehicles to help get their employees to work Monday.

In addition, Bon Secours health officials helped some people get to important medical appointments.

Sharita Green suffers from a rare kidney disease and needs dialysis three days a week. She usually takes a CARE van to the West End Treatment Center from her Chesterfield home, but it wasn't operating Monday because of the weather.

Bon Secours arranged another ride for her to get dialysis, something she says is a life or death matter.

"If you don't get it done, you can say bye, bye, tell everyone bye bye. It's something that has to be done," said Green.

The health system's main goal is to help people like Sharita. That's why it was so important for them to make sure their local hospitals were properly staffed Monday. For much of the day, the snow desk was buzzing with activity as nearly 100 volunteers with four wheel drive vehicles, were dispatched to pick up hospital employees who couldn't make it in because of the snow.

"We need to make sure that we have adequate personnel in our hospital to care for our patients at all times and make sure testing in done and open up our operating room and emergency rooms, so the program is important so that we have adequate staff get into our facility," said Francine Barr, Chief Nursing Officer at St. Mary's Hospital.

With the snow likely to stick around, folks at Bon Secours may need your help again Tuesday if you have a four-wheel drive. You can call the snow lines for individual hospitals to see if your assistance is needed.

Saint Mary's: 287-7669

Saint Francis: 594-7300

Memorial Regional: 764-6000

Richmond Community: 225-1700

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