By Sean Russell
The Times 

CCHS Staff's Dedication and Training Saves the Day During Sub-Zero Emergency


January 18, 2024

 DAYTON — CCHS staff proved their dedication and training on Saturday, January 13th, when sub-zero temperatures caused a single heating unit to fail, resulting in frozen pipes over a section of the hospital. Despite the challenging circumstances, the team rallied together and handled the emergency. This display of teamwork and preparedness is a testament to the dedication and training of CCHS staff.

CCHS CEO Shane McGuire states, “Our team is unbelievable and dedicated. Their quick thinking and preparedness during this emergency testify to their dedication and training. We are proud of their efforts and grateful for their commitment to our patients’ well-being. The staff’s positive attitudes and quick response played a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of patients and staff.”

 CCHS would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our Facilities, EVS, Dietary, Wound Care, Acute Care, Nurse Leadership, Information Technology, Rivers Walk, HR, RT, Employee Health, Chief of Staff, Pharmacy, Marketing, and the Executive Team for their hard work and dedication during this challenging time.

 The support from community members, local businesses, and agencies was also crucial in handling the emergency situation. Special thanks to Apollo Heating & Air, Dingles True Value Hardware, Ethan Carpenter of Valley Wide Cooperative Energy, and the Fire District team members who showed up to help. They never hesitated; they simply said, “What do you need?” Their selfless actions and willingness to lend a hand truly made a difference.

We are proud to have a team of dedicated and well-trained staff who are always prepared to handle any emergency situation. The successful outcome of this sub-zero emergency is a testament to their hard work and commitment to providing the best care for our patients. Thank you to everyone involved for your unwavering dedication and support.

 CCHS is open, seeing and caring for patients, and here for our community.

Sean Russell

Director of Communications

Columbia County Health System


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