WMC named a StormReady® hospital by the National Weather Service
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Sept. 3, 2015 615.435.5357
Program designed to help arm communities with safety and communications skills
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Williamson Medical Center is the newest medical center in Tennessee to be recognized as part of the National Weather Service’s StormReady® program that aims to save lives and property before, during and after a severe weather event. The program also aims to help community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs.
This designation comes on the heels of a thorough investigation and application process that included verification of a 24-hour Warning Point and Emergency Operations Center, and that WMC had multiple NWS Information Reception Equipment at each of these locations, among other things.
“This designation shows a solid commitment by Williamson Medical Center to ensure its part in arming a community like Franklin to be as prepared as possible with the best communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property,” said Jason Wright, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Nashville, that serves Williamson County and the other 37 counties across Middle Tennessee.
The StormReady® program, which started in 1999, includes a combined effort by communities, counties, universities, military bases, Indian nations, commercial enterprises and other groups to be better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.
Julie Miller, WMC’s chief operating officer, said this designation illustrates one of the many ways WMC brings added value to our community.
“Our teams have been working hard behind the scenes to show the National Weather Service that we are ready to provide fast, responsible service and care to this community in the event of a weather disaster,” she said. “We are proud to officially be a part of this growing collection of businesses and municipalities working together for the betterment of our communities.”
ABOUT WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER
Williamson Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible health care possible. More than 500 physicians represent 60 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center offers patients a level of expertise and sophistication one expects to find at larger facilities, but with compassion and convenience unique to WMC. In 2015, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center opened on our campus, adding dedicated pediatric emergent and inpatient care to our offerings. With 12 inpatient and 4 observation beds, we are now able to provide focused, specific care to the children of our community as well as their parents. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.