March 14 Storm Update

As of this morning, March 14th, the UMass Memorial Medical Center Command Center says that all departments at UMass Memorial are open and SHARE members are supposed to report to work. There are rumors that certain outpatient clinics or administrative areas are closed, but the official word from the Command Center is that everything is open.

Some managers in ambulatory clinics and clerical areas have talked to SHARE members about reducing staffing based on patient needs. The bottom line: You are supposed to come to work, unless you have talked to your manager about a different arrangement.

The SHARE contract section on Severe Weather (page 103) has more info here.

Info from the Hospital's emails to employees

Our patients are our first priority; all ambulatory, inpatient and outpatient services will remain open and staffed unless otherwise notified. Managers will reach out to outpatient staff in the event that outpatient services will be closed.

The Command Centers are open on the University and Memorial Campuses to support operations and staff during today’s storm. If you have any storm-related issues, please stop by the Command Centers or call: University Campus: ‪508-856-2815 and 508-856-6672
, Memorial Campus: 508-334-6688Hahnemann Campus concerns: Call the University Campus Command Center at 508-856-2815 and 508-856-6672

Sleeping rooms and cots are available for staff who would like to stay overnight tonight and/or tomorrow night:
 Memorial Campus – Knowles Hall (from 4:30 pm Monday to noon Wednesday)
 University Campus – S2-352, S2-310 and Faculty Conference Room (from 5 pm Monday to 7 am Wednesday)
 Hahnemann Campus – Nemitz Conference Room (from 5 pm Monday to 7 am Wednesday)

Cafeterias will be open during regular business hours:
 Memorial Campus – Opening at 6:30 am and closing at 9:30 pm
 University Campus – Opening at 7 am and closing at 10 pm, and offers a stocked kiosk at the Pavilion Café until midnight
 Hahnemann Campus – Opening at 7 am and closing at 2:30 pm
 Arrangements have been made for food to be provided to PTRC staff.

Please refer to our Employee Emergency Preparedness Guide to help you prepare for reporting to work (see page 10), including packing any necessary medication, food, weather-appropriate footwear, a shovel and your phone charger.

Our grounds staff will be working diligently to keep walkways, hospital roadways and parking lots clear with the help of 10 plows and 28 shovelers for the next 24 to 48 hours. Shuttles will run as normal. Please take your time to drive safely to and from work.

If you have questions, please refer to the Severe Weather Policy or speak with your manager."