Recovery and mitigation for the Healthcare Industry

Disaster planning and recovery carries significant importance when working with healthcare organizations that care for patients. The DMS team has extensive experience in assisting with recovery and mitigation to minimize the impact of disaster events for our healthcare clients.

Charity Hospital, New Orleans, LA

The Louisiana State University Health System’s Charity Hospital, the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and the second oldest and largest public hospital in the United States, suffered catastrophic damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina’s Category 5 strength winds and flooding caused by broken levees. The facility was forced to shut down. FEMA’s initial damage assessment of $23 million was challenged by the state. With DMS’ support, an independent damage assessment was performed, and an arbitration panel ordered FEMA to increase the estimate to $475 million; qualifying the facility for replacement.

South Nassau Communities Hospital, Long Beach, NY

South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH), formerly the 162-bed Long Beach Medical Center (LBMC). LBMC was closed after extensive flooding from Superstorm Sandy (2012) completely submersed the basement of the main hospital building. FEMA’s initial damage assessment to fund repairs to restore the LBMC facility to its pre-disaster status was estimated at $14 million. DMS assisted LBMC in developing an itemization of damages to the hospital, the scope of work for repairs, including codes and standards, as well as the estimated cost to implement the scope of work. FEMA ultimately agreed with DMS’ analysis and wrote a Project Worksheet for $176.9 million to return the hospital to its pre-disaster function and capacity.

University Hospital Interim Trauma Center, New Orleans, LA

DMS assisted the Louisiana State University’s Health Care Sciences Division (LSU-HCSD) in collaboration with FEMA, with the development of a disaster recovery plan in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (2005). DMS determined that an interim solution was needed to restore critical healthcare services, while protecting the health and safety of the citizens of the community. DMS was instrumental in procuring $90 million in FEMA funding to renovate the temporary healthcare services facility. In less than a year, plans were designed, the facility was funded, built and open for business.

Memorial Hospital, Gulfport, MS

DMS assisted Memorial Hospital in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina’s high winds severely damaged the roof and windows. DMS was effective in expediting the procurement of disaster related funding to help rebuild the facility. DMS was instrumental in expediting the recovery and reimbursement process which included the procurement funding from all available sources: FEMA Grants ($8.3 million), State of Mississippi, insurance proceeds ($17.7 million), as well as other third party funding resources.