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Statement on hospital preparedness for Hurricane Irene

8/26/2011 — Yale New Haven Hospital has begun preparation for the expected weekend arrival of Hurricane Irene. With weather forecasters predicting Irene to affect Connecticut on Sunday, the hospital has implemented emergency preparedness plans in case the storm disrupts its normal operations.

The hospital has alerted its staff to prepare their families and homes for possible effects of the storm by stocking up on emergency water, food and power supplies. The hospital has further advised its staff to remain on alert and track weather developments in case they are needed under emergency conditions related to the storm.

Yale New Haven is also working in conjunction with its health system affiliates — Bridgeport Hospital and Greenwich Hospital — to ensure each hospital has the necessary inventory of medical supplies, water, food and fuel.

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Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), part of Yale New Haven Health, is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). Founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826, today, YNHH has two New Haven-based campuses, and also includes Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties.