ST. LOUIS - With St. Louis under a winter storm warning, SSM Health St. Louis Hospital wants to make sure their employees can make it to work.
Thursday, they started putting out cots for staff to sleep on so they don’t have to worry about driving in the snow.
“We always have to provide care. Our hospital is very full right now so we want to make sure everyone gets the care they need,” said SSM Health SLU Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Patti Kelley.
24 beds were put out for anyone to use. Kelley said these cots aren’t just for doctors or nurses, workers in food service, radiology, even janitors can take advantage of the cots.
“When we have a snow emergency or any kind of emergency, we'll offer this to all of our staff,” said Kelley.
Employees will also be given a meal.
SLU Hospital is a level one trauma center which means they provide 24-hour immediate coverage with surgeons and other specialties.
With bad weather, the probability of getting into a crash increases. If a passenger were seriously hurt, they could be taken to SLU Hospital which is why they need to be fully staffed at all times.