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Operational Adjustments:

  • No planned visits or admissions will be scheduled for this date to avoid the challenges posed by heavy traffic and potential delays.
  • Our service areas are anticipated to experience a complete blackout phase during the eclipse, significantly increasing local population numbers due to eclipse watchers, thus affecting traffic and local services from April 5 to April 8, 2024.
  • Accommodations such as hotels and campsites are expected to be fully booked, and there will be heightened demand for restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores. This surge could also put a strain on internet and cellular services, impacting communication channels.

Advisory for Personal Preparedness:

  • If feasible, work remotely to avoid traffic and logistical challenges.
  • Reschedule any non-urgent appointments to a later date.
  • Ensure your vehicle has enough fuel, and stock up on essential groceries and prescriptions ahead of the weekend.

Palliative Care

In alignment with our comprehensive approach to care during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, Our Hospice Palliative Care services will adopt the same operational plan as outlined for the day. This decision ensures that our commitment to providing uninterrupted, compassionate care extends across all our services, including palliative care. By taking these measures, we aim to maintain the safety and well-being of our patients, their families, and our staff amidst the expected challenges of the day. Our coordinated approach underlines our dedication to excellence in patient care, even in the face of extraordinary events.

Special Eclipse Operations Update for Our Hospice Community

Important Notice for Monday, April 8, 2024

On Monday, April 8, 2024, a significant astronomical event will occur: a total solar eclipse will pass over our region, offering a rare spectacle not to be repeated until 2099. This event will bring dramatic darkness from 1:50 PM to 3:06 PM, with the peak lasting approximately 4 minutes. Normal sunlight is expected to return by 4:23 PM.

Due to the expected influx of visitors and the ensuing traffic congestion, which could render roads impassable, Our Hospice will be operating on a limited visit schedule. We aim to ensure the safety of our staff and maintain the highest level of care for our patients under these extraordinary circumstances.

Direct Impacts on Our Hospice Services:

  • Access Challenges: The heavy traffic will complicate our ability to reach patients, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) may also face significant delays, potentially affecting services into the following Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Inpatient Facility Transfers: There will be no transfers into or out of our Inpatient Facility (IPF) on Monday, and possibly Tuesday.
  • Pharmacy Services: With possible closures or inaccessibilities, we advise ensuring all necessary prescriptions are filled before the weekend.
  • Delivery Delays: Expect delays in delivery services due to road congestion.

 

Our Commitment:

Our Hospice is dedicated to providing continuous care and support during this unique event. We are taking all necessary steps to mitigate the impact on our services and ensure the wellbeing of our patients and their families. Should you have any concerns or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate these exceptional circumstances together. Let’s embrace this rare celestial event with preparedness and safety at the forefront of our actions.