Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
Charlie Norwood VA Survives Snow
Charlie Norwood VA Survives Snow!
It is not often you see snow and ice in Augusta, Georgia; however January 10th was quite a day! The Augusta area had approximately 3 to 5 inches of snow. All you northerners can laugh, but for us it is always exciting. The day before a big storm is predicted it is mandatory that we go to the store and purchase bread and milk, even if you do not need them. Then we are ready to face the storm.
The staff of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center really pulled it all together. Engineering went to work clearing walkways and transporting staff to the medical center for evening and night shifts; environmental management set up sleeping areas at both divisions to ensure nursing and other staff staying over would have ample space to rest, including pj’s, towels and other necessities; and Nutrition and Food Services came through with delicious meals for staff, including snacks delivered to the units.
There are many great stories of dedicated and committed staff demonstrating flexibility and perseverance, such as Beverly Desalles, RN, who used her four-wheel drive to pickup staff during all hours of the evening and early morning. The main story however, our Veteran patients continued to receive outstanding care and the facility operations were maintained in a seamless manner. Our staff proved once again that they believe and live by our mission…”to do everything we can for veterans”.