Blizzard 2016 causes closings as RVM employees work hard to help dialysis patients
Feb 02, 2016
It has been the year of snow as the Home Office in Denver was slammed with over a foot of snow on February 2 and the East Coast was pummeled by Blizzard 2016 the fourth weekend of January. The winter storm, which produced up to three feet of snow in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States, closed several RVM renal centers on January 23 and kept them closed early the next week as roads were cleared.
"Dialyzing schedules were changed prior to the storm at all centers and updated as needed due to the intensity of the storm and issues that came up," said Senior Divisional Director Tim Weaver.
Succasunna dialyzed patients on Saturday morning until noon when the storm became more intense. Saturday afternoon patients were then rescheduled for Sunday.
"Succasunna took it in stride. Staff and employees worked together for an uneventful outcome. We were soon back up and running as usual," said Area Coordinator Kim Proulx.
Kidney Life had 28 inches of snow dumped on them on Saturday. Main thoroughfares still had not been plowed as of Sunday, which presented scheduling issues.
“We originally had patients scheduled for treatments on Saturday, but due to the intensity of the storm, we rescheduled them for Sunday afternoon. As of Tuesday, January 26 we were still having issues with snow removal,” said Regional Director Linda Walck.
Snow plows arrived late Monday morning to Bayonne's parking lot where several cars had parked illegally that weekend. Access to the center was limited, but fortunately all patients were dialyzed.
"Bayonne Police arrived and issued tickets to the vehicles parked illegally. Somerville Biomed Orville Cameron called the city and Gattuso, our local contractor, and asked them to plow our parking lot. However, the storm did not put a damper on spirits at Bayonne! From snow plowing to parking tickets to leaks to transportation delays, we tackled it. I called it 'Miracle on the 21st Street,'" said Bayonne Clinic Coordinator Elvie Delos Santos.
Roads were blocked getting to the Renal Center of Philadelphia, so some patients weren't able to make their Monday dialyzing treatments. However, staff worked together with their Medical Director to reschedule patients as soon as they could.
West Virginia received the brunt of "Snowzilla" with some areas receiving up to 40 inches of snow. Area Coordinator April George helped Keyser and Moorefield plan ahead by scheduling patients before the storm and after once conditions permitted.
"Keyser's Saturday patients were dialyzed on Friday and then again on Monday following the storm. Patients that were unable to dialyze on Monday due to road conditions were brought in on Tuesday. Also, both Keyser and Moorefield delayed opening on Monday to allow the roads to clear," said George.
Weaver praised his staff for their hard work, coordination, and dedication to being the RV Difference for patients during this historic Nor'easter.
"All of Renal Venture's employees did an amazing job preparing for the storm, rescheduling patients as needed, and arriving at the clinics to take care of our patients. Renal Ventures has the best employees!" said Weaver.