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Martha Jefferson Provides Support for Staff, Patients Ahead of Aug. 12 Anniversary

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Martha Jefferson is planning ways to support its staff ahead of the weekend. Martha Jefferson is planning ways to support its staff ahead of the weekend.
Interfaith Chapel at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Interfaith Chapel at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
The final week of preparation for the anniversary of the Unite the Right rally is underway and staff at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital are getting ready for anything to come their way this weekend.
Last August, the hospital treated 15 patients from the August 12 violence. In preparation for this year, staffers have been meeting once a week to discuss plans and will meeting three times this week.
“We were able to take our lessons learned last year and apply them into our plans this year,” said chief operating officer Amy Black.
After five weeks of planning, hospital staff say they are confident that they’re prepared. As the anniversary approaches, plans are being put in place not only for the safety of patients, but also resources for employees. 
“We want to provide support to our staff that may be having an issue with remembering last year or preparing for this year,” said director of patient care services Frank Jargowsky.
Sentara will be holding interfaith services at the hospital’s chapel this week for employees that may have a tough time dealing with the trauma from last year and prepping for this year.
“We talked a lot about what this anniversary would mean for some of our staff who were involved in treating the 15 patients that we saw last year and we recognized that it might bring up some repeated, stressful feelings that they had,” Black said.
The hospital plans for have a full staff with extra nurses and doctors and more staff on-call and will take other security measures similar to UVA Medical
Center. If needed, management said it has the ability to expand the emergency room to enhance security.
“We have the ability to lock the facilities down,” Jargowsky said. “We have the ability to use metal detectors at our entrances to make sure that everyone here is safe.”
Sentara Martha Jefferson also reminds everyone that its walk-in clinic at Fifth Street Station and the northside emergency room on Proffit Road will be open this weekend as well.