Sovah Health Initiates Emergency Response Plan in Preparation for Hurricane Florence

Danville, VA & Martinsville, VA -- September 12, 2018 -- Effective immediately, Sovah Health has initiated its emergency response plan and is proactively taking steps to prepare for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence. The system's top priority is to continue providing the highest quality care possible while ensuring the safety of patients and their families, employees and providers -- especially in a potentially emergent situation.

As part of its emergency response plan, Sovah Health is diligently preparing employees and providers to ensure they are well-equipped to serve the region during this critical time of need. Extra staff will be available to accommodate higher patient volumes and to support the transfer of patients to neighboring facilities, as needed. Hospital leaders are working around the clock to ensure that the facility will have the appropriate capacity and supplies to continue caring for patients and supporting staff in the days ahead. 

Sovah Health is closely collaborating with the Emergency Management offices in Danville & Pittsylvania County and Martinsville & Henry County to stay abreast of the latest storm developments, collaborate on appropriate response protocols and provide updates to the communities. Sovah Health intends to share regular updates via media alerts, its websites and social media platforms regarding potential facility challenges that may impact certain patient care services in the immediate days ahead. The community should be advised that in the event of a widespread power outage, both Sovah Health -- Danville and Sovah Health -- Martinsville have the ability to generate its own power, as needed.

At this time, Sovah Health and its Emergency Departments remain open and are fully operational. 

Please be sure to check Sovah Health's campus websites at SovahDanville.com and SovahMartinsville.com as well as its Facebook pages @SovahDanville, @SovahMartinsville and @SovaPhysicians frequently for updates throughout the duration of the storm.