Georgia Hospitals Prepare
for Super Bowl LIII
Metro Atlanta hospitals have been on the offense for months in planning for the big event on Feb. 3. As time winds down in the final quarter in preparation, hospitals are putting the finishing touches on plans to assure a safe and fun event.
“Although the game will take place on Feb. 3, the events surrounding the game will be happening for a 10-day period between Jan. 26 and Feb. 4,” said GHA Director of Emergency Preparedness Adrianne Feinberg. “Hospitals and many different agencies have huddled together over the last year to make sure this event goes smoothly and safely.”
Planning partners include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Fire, Atlanta Police, Grady EMS, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), the National Weather Service (NWS), the American Red Cross and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
A Mass Casualty Incident plan that was developed by the Region D and Region N Healthcare Coalitions will help ensure that the most severely injured patients get to a Level I Trauma Center if a medical emergency occurs.
Other results from the planning process include:
- Key contacts at the 28 metro Atlanta hospitals are connected via a mass communication platform.
- Timely information will be shared.
- Pre-identified staging locations will assist with mutual aid, credentialing, travel routes, and casualty collection.
Grady Memorial Hospital is the Regional Coordinating Hospital for the Region D Healthcare Coalition, which includes most of metro Atlanta’s hospitals.
“Because of Grady’s close proximity to the Super Bowl venue, key staff are receiving specialized training to aid in their response efforts,” said Grady’s Director of Emergency Management Lori M. Wood, MSEM, EMHP. “Dedicated people from many agencies put together a strategy in case anyone needs our services. Teamwork will help us be successful.”