Gwinnett Medical Center has called a “code white” to prepare for the rapidly approaching winter weather.
The code — which means staff and doctors stay overnight at the hospital to ensure they’re available for shifts — went into effect at 4 p.m. Friday, hospital spokeswoman Beth Hardy said.
“As the weekend progresses, leadership will monitor the weather very closely and will remain in communications with local and state officials for optimal coordination,” she said in an emailed statement.
Hardy said the hospital system also has “a number of industrial generators" available in addition to “linen supplies, necessary medications and other resources to keep patients comfortable and loved ones reassured.”
Eastside Medical Center in Snellville announced its own version of a “code white” on Thursday.
“To ensure continuity of care throughout this weekend, we will bring staff scheduled for Saturday into the hospital early on Friday evening,” spokeswoman Hope Moeck said in an email. “Our facility is making these arrangements at the present time to ensure that Eastside is well prepared to continue providing quality care to our patients during the forecasted winter weather.”
Before taking over the AJC's morning newsletter, Tyler Estep worked as a reporter covering DeKalb County, its government and its people. A Gwinnett County native and University of Georgia graduate, he has been with the AJC since 2015. He previously covered his home county and served stints on the paper's hyperlocal and breaking news teams.