UPDATE: Sunday, August 28, 2011
10:15 AM EDT
As Hurricane Irene pulls away from the Philadelphia region, Penn Medicine's facilities - the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse - report no disruption of service to our patients. We had previously obtained extra medical supplies and other provisions in advance of the storm and staff remained on site overnight to maintain operations. We will continue to monitor the situation closely but anticipate no further problems at this time, and we expect no changes to Monday appointments.
Friday, August 26, 2011
1:00 PM EDT
As always, Penn Medicine puts the safety of our patients and staff first. With an eye toward the possibility of severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Irene this weekend, hospital officials are meeting continuously to ensure smooth operations and full staffing for all four hospitals in the health system: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse.
We are taking precautions against flood and wind damage within our facilities. Extra supplies of medical equipment, linens, food, and water have been obtained, and sleeping accommodations are being arranged for staff to stay overnight at the hospitals, if needed, to be in place during and after the storm.