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Tuesday, 20 November 2007 23:36

Closing the Hole in our Disaster Recovery Plan

Written by  Linda Hoffman

When I came to Baptist Health Systems of South Florida as its first Disaster Recovery Analyst, I had a tremendous task ahead of me. The importance of my job was emphasized by memories of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and the perpetual risk of future natural disasters, primarily hurricanes. Baptist had completed a business impact analysis and had entered into a contract to produce a disaster recovery plan and to contract for Hot Site restoration insurance of its most critical systems. Baptist Health Systems is a not-for-profit health care provider consisting of four acute care facilities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The largest facility is a 513-bed hospital located southwest of the city of Miami. The smallest is a 42-bed hospital located in the Florida Keys on Tavernier Key, about 30 miles south of Key Largo. Additional satellite units are located throughout Miami-Dade County and the corporate headquarters is located in Coral