Children's Hospital prepared for ice storm

Children's Hospital prepared for ice storm

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By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The generators have been tested, the emergency supplies have been inventoried, and each ETCH employee has a storm plan. That may mean coming in early to beat the weather or spending the night at the hospital. 

"It's very important that we're here, that someone's here. We have to be," said emergency department nurse Mark Bailey.

He stayed overnight when last week's snow storm hit. 

"I was scheduled to 7, but stayed until 11 and knew at that point it would be very tricky to go home," he said. 

Meanwhile, hospital administrators are making sure the hospital continues to run inside, no matter what's happening outside.

"We have two major substations that feed Children's Hospital. We are very fortunate. In the event that fails, we have two generators on campus," said Rudy McKinley, vice president for operations.

Some minor surgeries have been rescheduled due to the weather.

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