• August 17, 2022

    Lee Center native named Disaster Preparedness Coordinator

    Brandon PughBrandon Pugh has been named disaster preparedness coordinator at Rome Health, announced Chief Operative Officer Ryan Thompson. He is responsible for the coordination and implementation of emergency preparedness and safety standards to provide a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.

    A native of Lee Center, Pugh has 10 years of experience in EMS. He was a volunteer in the Lee Center Fire Department, where he also served as an EMT. In 2012, he joined Rome Health where he has worked in support roles throughout the patient care areas.

    Pugh graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College with associate degrees in applied science and general studies. He has earned nearly a dozen certifications from FEMA in the incident command system which provides a structure for people and organizations to work together seamlessly to plan for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.

    “Brandon’s experience in EMS and the hospital, combined with his training in incident command systems, will help the hospital continue to be well-prepared to respond to all types of emergency situations from natural disasters to life-threatening security incidents,” Thompson said.

    Pugh emphasized that preparedness depends upon planning, training and drills to practice that training. “If we’re trained, we’ll always be prepared if the worst happens,” Pugh said. “With disaster planning, we have to think broadly about anything that can have an impact on our ability to serve the community from supply shortages to system failures to mass casualty incidents.”

    Pugh is proud of the critical role that Rome Health has played throughout the pandemic. “Our Emergency Department never turned an ambulance away because we couldn't handle another patient,” Pugh said. “Our nurse managers and directors worked side by side on the frontlines to keep us accessible. Helping hands from other departments came to the rescue. Everyone worked quickly to get EMS units back into service to meet the community’s needs. Rome Health always found a way.”

    About Rome Health
    Rome Health is a non-profit health care system based in Rome, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York. From primary and specialty care to long-term care, Rome Health delivers quality, compassionate medical care for every stage of life. We are a comprehensive health care system that connects you to the best clinicians and the latest technologies so they are easily accessible to you and your family. Rome Health is an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Health and an affiliated clinical site of New York Medical College.