Hurricane left physicians sleeping on mattresses on the clinic floor, CEO says

Mark Driscoll, CEO at Boca Grande (Fla.) Health Clinic, joined the "Becker's Healthcare Podcast" to talk about leadership and the realities of practicing medicine in a hurricane-prone area.

Note: This is an edited excerpt. Listen to the full podcast episode here.

Question: How did you and your clinic handle Hurricane Ian?

Mark Driscoll: It was the first major hurricane I've been in. It was pretty brutal — wind speeds just two miles per hour less than a Category 5. We were extremely lucky that the eye passed over.

The clinics never closed. One of our physicians lost the roof of his house, so he came to the clinic — the only place maybe outside of the firehouse that had power, air conditioning and working restrooms. The physician and his family basically slept on mattresses on the floor of the clinic for days, until we could get them back into their house.

That first couple of weeks after the storm, we saw 175 patients and spoke to maybe 500. If we weren't here, it could've been really bad.

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