UAB, LANCASTER, S.C. — For the first time in its history, the UAB Hospital will be able to house patients for the first 100 days after Hurricane Irma struck South Carolina.
The hospital is one of the few hospitals in the country to be able for some time to help families and those in need, including families who lost their homes during the storm.
In the past, when the facility was hit by another major hurricane, the hospital was forced to close.
But now, after receiving more than 2,000 donations to help the hospital rebuild, UAB has decided to remain open through at least the end of September.
“We are really excited about this,” said Dr. Matthew W. Cuthbert, the director of the Uab Emergency Department.
“This is a big deal for us and we are really looking forward to the future.”
The hospital will be housed in a temporary building, called a “family shelter,” that is about a quarter of the size of a typical nursing home, but smaller than a typical hospital.
The shelter will be open for about the first three weeks of the year.
A small shelter will also be built for the family to spend the first week of the season at.
“When people come to us, they want to help and they want help to be with them, but the only way to do that is to help them be with their loved ones,” Cuthbort said.
The temporary shelter will include a kitchen, a laundry room, showers, an office, a living room, and a living area.
The family shelter will serve as the first point of contact for patients and staff in the community, helping to make the hospital more welcoming to people with physical or mental health issues.
For now, the shelter will house families and the community during the first few weeks.
“It’s been a challenge, because this is a disaster,” said Teresa Stannard, an emergency room nurse who has been working with families and residents in the U.S. South since November.
“But it’s the right thing to do, to provide for the needs of the people, especially in the first weeks.”
While there are not many facilities in the South with this level of resources and resources for these patients, she said, they have a responsibility to help people.
“If it’s your home, you need to have a roof over your head and your lights on,” Stannad said.
“You need to be here.
We have to do this for you.
We need to help you.”
For more information on the UAb Emergency Department, visit their website.