MidState Medical Center’s Emergency Department, along with three other community organizations, recently received funds from Evonik Industries, a local chemical company in Wallingford that was impressed with the town’s preparedness for Hurricane Sandy. MidState received $1,500. The Wallingford Police Department, Wallingford Fire Department, and Wallingford Medical Reserve Corps were also recipients of the funding and praise.
“These emergency responders played a crucial role in protecting everyone’s safety,” said Peter Stein, site manager at Evonik’s location in town. “Fortunately, we were not affected as bad as the people in New York City.”
While the storm didn’t have a significant impact on our area, staff at MidState Medical Center worked hard to assure that preparations were made, opening its Incident Command Center to ensure a safe environment for staff, patients and visitors.
“We have an outstanding relationship with the emergency responders in our service area and were in communication regarding the storm to make the necessary preparations,” said Susan McGaughan, RN, business manager of MidState’s Emergency Department.
“Corporate citizenship is the cornerstone of Evonik’s operations,” Tom Bates, president of Evonik, said in a statement. “We appreciate the emergency responders’ dedication and commitment to the protection and care of our employees and neighbors.”
MidState Medical Center will use the funds for future emergency preparedness training.