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Employee Update - Jan 25, 2015 - 4 p.m.

The safety and well being of our patients, visitors and employees are of paramont importance to Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Therefore Mass. Eye and Ear has announced that it will be open on a limited basis during the major winter storm that has been forcast to begin the evening of Jan. 26 and continue through the morning of Jan. 28.

In preparation for the storm, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued a temporary ban of motor vehicle travel, effective at midnight. This ban means that non-essential motor vehicle travel is not permitted except by key personnel. Medical personnel who must report to work are exempted from this ban. The Governor has not yet determined when this ban will be lifted.  In addition, the MBTA has announced that it will discontinue service tonight at midnight and will not resume until Wednesday at a time, still to be determined. If you are working during the ban, please be sure to carry your ID badge with you, allow extra time for your personal safety, and speak with your manager regarding where to park.

Mass. Eye and Ear will be open throughout the storm in a limited capacity care for patients in the ED, on patient floors, and for emergency surgery. All outpatient clinics, including those held in satellite locations, have been cancelled for Tuesday, Jan 27. We have arranged for sleeping rooms and hot meals for those caregivers who will stay over tonight to ensure availability to patients tomorrow. Some employees in support roles will be asked to report to work tomorrow or will be asked to work remotely. Please speak with your manager to discuss if this applies to you.

We do not expect employees who are not essential to patient care or storm relief operations to report to work (against the travel ban) tomorrow.  If you are unclear on where your role fits – please speak with your manager or vice president.
We expect that normal business operations will resume on Wednesday with some ORs opening at 7 a.m.  Outpatient clinics are currently scheduled to resume at noon. At this time, please plan to report to work on Wednesday at your normally scheduled time or as soon as you are able, depending on when the travel ban is lifted and MBTA service resumes. 
We encourage everyone to monitor local media for updates on the storm and public transportation. We will also send email updates as needed and update  You may also call the Employee Information Hotline, which is 617-573-6999 (or ext. 63999.)  We will email an update around noon tomorrow or if we have new information to share.  We will also update all of the communication channels above as needed.
Most importantly, please be safe – and thank you for what you do to care for our patients.