How area hospitals manage "snow days"

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- On days like Tuesday, when weather calls for schools to cancel and businesses to close doors, local hospitals still have to stay open, no matter the weather.

Mayo Clinic Health System says its primary goal is to serve the needs of patients in the community.

The hospital says the staff has been extremely responsive, and the hospital is adequately staffed.

Mayo Clinic Health System also stresses the importance of staff and patient safety.

In the event of a weather emergency, a plan is passed along to staff.

“It doesn't matter what the weather conditions are, whether it's a tornado, whether it's a winter weather advisory, we need to meet those needs, so it's our obligation is to make sure we have the adequate staff,” says Pam White, Chief Nursing Officer at Mayo Clinic Health System. “And as I mentioned, there are some times that staff can't get in, or our patients or staff can't leave to go home because it's just not safe, and so we accommodate.”

White says when it comes to appointment cancellations due to weather, they just ask patients to notify staff so they can reschedule.

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