Knowing it could not care for its patients without safe, clean water, the Hospital’s management team decided to begin transferring patients. As news spread, community members offered to help.
As Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Houston and Beaumont area, dispensing over 50” of rainfall to the area, Baptist Beaumont Hospital had made every advance preparation to ensure that patients would have a safe environment to shelter in place. With learning experiences from Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, Baptist Hospital Beaumont had extensive resources available long before Hurricane Harvey landed in Texas.
On midnight, August 30, 2017, the hospital was safely housing 193 inpatients, prepared with staffing and supplies to weather the storm. At 1:15am on August 31, 2017, Baptist Beaumont Hospital was notified that the City of Beaumont had lost their main water pump due to extensive flooding to the Neches River. The entire city of Beaumont had now been cut off from a potable water source.
Knowing it could not care for its patients without safe, clean water, the Hospital’s management team decided to begin transferring patients, including babies from the NICU. In some cases, babies were airlifted out as their parents were stranded in flood waters.
As news spread of the hospital’s water situation, community members offered their help.
“Thank you Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Governor Abbott, Senator Creighton, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Carlos Zaffirini, and Matt White for helping Baptist Hospital Beaumont get back on our feet and back to providing quality care for our patients,” said Baptist Hospital Beaumont’s CEO Dave Parmer.
A hospital statement outlined help that was offered:
As news of our crises spread, private and public leaders immediately stepped up to help. They didn’t need to be asked; they acted. For their actions, we would like to recognize and thank them publicly for their efforts:
- Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick met with Baptist Hospital Beaumont CEO David Parmer on September 1, 2017 to discuss Harvey’s impact on our facility, our patients, and the entire healthcare safety-net system. The Lieutenant Governor helped coordinate fresh water delivery and also secured a 12-bed military mobile medical unit that is currently up and running.
- Governor Abbott and his staff, along with Senator Brandon Creighton worked diligently and in partnership with the Lieutenant Governor to obtain and deliver the mobile medical unit.
- Carlos Zaffirini, CEO of Adelanto Healthcare Ventures, Inc., and Matt White, Director of Economy Polymer & Chemical, collaborated to deliver 10,000 gallons of water to the hospital.
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. also sent an 18-wheel big-rig packed with thousands more gallons of critically needed water.
The water donations were just one of the countless acts of neighborly support and community witnessed during the disaster.
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