medical imaging has taken on some of
the vascular procedures for our patients.
The anesthesiologists provided coverage
so that the deceased surgeon’s brother,
an anesthesiologist, could be with his
family. And one of our surgeons who
lives down south and is recovering from
an injury himself offered to do anything
and everything he can physically do.
We plan and drill for a number of
disasters and crises every year, usually
focused on natural disasters and multi-casuality incidents. We’ve learned that
an organization needs to have a plan in
place in the event that key members are
lost. As we have learned, especially in a
small hospital, loss of a key member of a
company without a plan to replace him
can bring an organization to its knees.
My experience from this crisis is that
the staff, physicians, volunteers, and
community will step up and assist you
and your organization. Leaders will
emerge to deal with the events swirling
around you and become valuable assets. And you will need to step up and
be a rock for your organization; everyone is looking for you to guide them
through the turbulent times. That’s
Gary Boyd is CEO of Mammoth Hospital in Mammoth
Lakes, CA, which is part of the Southern Mono
Healthcare District. Boyd holds a master’s degree in
public health from San Diego University. He has
served AHRA in many capacities, including editor-
in-chief of Radiology Management. Boyd may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.