Medical Center sets up storm post

BARBARAELLEN KOCK PHOTO | At the storm center set up at Peconic Bay Medical Center on Saturday werei ncident commander Ron McManus (left), senior vice president of operations; co-chair of the emergency management committee Patricia McArdle (center), the infection control coordinator; co-chair Joanne Costantino (far right), director of the laboratory; and Angela Avento. safety officer and employee health coordinator.

Peconic Bay Medical Center set up its emergency operations center in conference rooms on the second floor Saturday afternoon.

According to CEO Andy Mitchell, the emergency operations center in conference rooms A, B, and C is where all information about Hurricane Irene will be monitored.

There are charts, radios and satellite phones to communicate both internally and externally during the hurricane.

The hospital ended visiting hours at 6 p.m. Saturday and locked its front doors. The emergency room will remain open through the brunt of the storm through tonight and Sunday.