The NYC Health + Hospitals Harlem Hospital Food and Nutrition team helped to set up a continental breakfast for all staff who stayed overnight due to winter storm Jonas. The Food and Nutrition supervisor also picked up staff from their homes so there was no disruption to patient services.
Many of the nurses were faced with transportation limitations, but still fought through the storm to assume their responsibility of caring for our patients. Some walked from outer boroughs, took taxis, buses, trains, all during the blatantly frigid conditions of the storm. The nurses left their families, because they knew their patients and coworkers needed them during the blizzard.
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In the end, over 200 nurses were available to care for our patients, and we want to thank them for their courage, bravery, professionalism, and commitment.
During the storm, Detective Nuñez, Detective Franco and the Motor Vehicle Operator braved the storm in order to deliver food to hundreds of employees who were taking care of our patients.
Photo credit: 1) Sylvia L. White, Chief of Staff (Back, center): L-R: Jeanette Nyarko, Associate Director and Sonel Weekes, Assistant Director worked together Saturday, January 23, through Sunday, January 24, to address all the communications and all of the logistical needs of the facility and its staff, during the blizzard. 2) L to R, Crystal Edwards and Diane Godbee-Reagans arrived to work on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 4:30 a.m. to help the Incident Command Center to prepare for the storm. They were instrumental in helping to distribute cots to staff who required overnight accommodation. 3) First Photo, Bottom Left to Right: Evelyn Harvey,ADN; Rhea Morris, DDN; Marion Smith, DDN Top Left to Right: Delma Peters, Head Nurse; Avery George, ADN; Suzanne Babb, ADN; MARIE BENOIT, ADN, (Second Photo) Various Nursing staff. 4). L to R: Detective Nuñez, Sergeant Ruben Morales and Detective Franco. 5) Staff from Harlem Hospital.