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University Opens to Nursing Home Residents Displaced by Storm April 21, 2009

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University opens to nursing home residents displaced by storm

April 20, 2009 (AUGUSTA, GA) – A major storm system that swept through the Augusta area on April 10-11 did more than just uproot trees, it also uprooted at least 75 residents of Amara HealthCare, a nursing home in South Augusta.

The residents of the nursing home at 2021 Scott Road were evacuated to area hospitals late Friday night after the facility’s roof was damaged due to high winds.

University Hospital welcomed 32 residents in the early morning hours of April 11, with many hospital staff members coming in during their off hours to ensure the residents’ needs were met.

A team effort went into effect between a number of University departments, with Nursing Supervisor staff, Emergency Department staff and physicians, nursing staff that came in to assist, house staff physicians, Call Center staff, IS Helpdesk, Pharmacy, Radiology and Dietary arriving to open the 5 North/South wing of the hospital to the nursing home residents, according to Bill Colbert, administrator in charge during the evacuation.

“We are extremely proud of how University’s team worked at all levels to take care of the special needs of these residents,” Mr. Colbert said. “We received notes of appreciation from the Red Cross and Emergency Management thanking us for our well-coordinated efforts. We were happy to be able to do our part.”

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