Local hospitals join forces during week of DNC

Local hospitals join forces during week of DNC

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 30 at 7:55 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--  If protesters become violent during the DNC next week, and medical care is needed, Charlotte's biggest hospitals are ready to respond. 

"We've got protesters that will be in the city bringing a different set of circumstances.  We've got people from all over the world that bring different cultures, backgrounds, ideas to the city as well," said Presbyterian Hospital's Joy Greear.

Greear says Presbyterian and Carolinas Medical Center, the areas  largest health care providers, often work together, but she says the DNC has made that relationship more important.

"It's ground zero," says Greear as she gave NewsChannel 36 an exclusive tour of Presbyterian's Command Center.

"We are absolutely ready," she said.

The Command Center is behind locked doors, accessible only to those in hospital security.    There is a red phone, walkie talkies, a white board, computers and a map -- all at Greear's fingertips.

"Depending on what the circumstances are it may require that we recommend patients go to the Huntersville or Charlotte locations," she said.

"The hospitals have also closely collaborated with MEDIC, 9-1-1, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and the Charlotte Fire Department, she said.   They've divided roles and jobs for the following week.

"Absolutely we're prepared if we need it," said Greear.

She says the hospitals will have extra doctors, nurses, pharmacists and support staff in place. 

If you have questions during the week of the DNC about health care availability, or care at the hospital: Click here. 

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