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Essential personnel don't get bad weather days off
University Hospitals has emergency plan to ensure key employees get to work
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Many businesses, schools and government offices are closing due the extreme cold temperatures moving in. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, some professions like police, doctors and nurses cannot take the day off.

 

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Emergency rooms need to be staffed, and patients in hospital beds need to be tended to. So, Chief Operating Officer for University Hospitals, Ron Dziedzicki, says the medical center has a plan to ensure enough essential personnal get work during especially bad weather.

“We can use our facility’s all-wheel-drive vehicles to pick up key personnel at their homes. Our protective services also have all-wheel-drive vehicles, as well as our safety office. And then we have some contracts in place with some snowplow operators that have all-wheel-drive vehicles that we keep in our pockets in the event we need to activate that to increase the ability to bring employees in.”

But Dziedzicki doesn’t expect the cold weather to activate University Hospitals emergency transportation plan. He says the only time it was used was a few years ago during a particularly heavy snowfall.                               

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