Five MGH employees deployed to Florida in response to Hurricane Michael, the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental United States.
“It’s the Reason I Became a Nurse”: MGH Deploys to Florida for Hurricane Michael Response
“If anyone I loved was in a disaster I would want them to have help,” Sue Goguen, RN, (special care nursery Ellison 13) replied when asked why she was preparing to spend at least seven days in a devastated region. “It’s the reason I became a nurse.” Sue, along with Karla Haney, RN (Medicine/Oncology, Ellison 16) are veterans of the MGH Global Disaster Response team who had responded to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico 2017.
Goguen is one of five MGH staffers who deployed today to Florida in response to Hurricane Michael, which made landfall Wednesday in the Florida panhandle as the third-most powerful hurricane on record to hit the continental United States. “This disaster is unheralded,” said Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH, director of Global Disaster Response at the MGH Center for Global Health. “It’s left untold destruction and human suffering.”
Only 24 hours after the Category 4 storm made landfall officials reported multiple fatalities and damaged health care facilities requiring the relocation of patients. More than 1.1 million homes and businesses in the hurricane’s path are currently without power.
Team leader Maya Ginns, NP (Internal Medicine Associates), Philip Manners, MD (Medicine), Amy Cameron, PA (Emergency Medicine), and Karla Haney, RN (Med/onc, Ellison 16), will join Goguen on the International Medical Corps team.
“The opportunity to help those in need at their times of being most vulnerable is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Ginns, a member of the MGH Global Disaster Response teams that deployed to Haiti in 2016 and Houston in 2017. “I’m thrilled to be part of an organization that allows us to respond to these disasters.”
Dr. Cranmer stressed the effort of the entire MGH community during a Thursday morning Staff Deployment Briefing. “All of the supervisors and department chiefs have been so supportive, as well as the colleagues of staff who are covering,” Cranmer said. “It has taken amazing work to get all of you in this room together.”
In addition to this GDR response, MGH also has a number of employees responding to this disaster as members of the federal teams including the Disaster medical assistance teams – including MA -1 and the Trauma critical care team-East (formerly known as IMSuRT-East – International Medical Surgical Response Team).