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Hospitals prepare extra beds for employees ahead of storm

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

Hospitals must keep going during storms, and they are prepared for Tuesday's onslaught of winter weather.

The University of Kansas Hospital has created a makeshift hotel for its employees and guests inside Kirmayer Fitness Center. They have set up dozens of cots and will have food, toiletries and other essential items available.

Almost 200 people stayed overnight during a storm last year. The clinics will be closed, but plans are to proceed with scheduled treatments, such as chemotherapy.

Hospital officials gathered in the incident command center Monday afternoon to talk about providing transportation, food services and beds for employees.

Dr. Lee Norman is the chief medical officer and senior vice president The University of Kansas Hospital.

"We have about 8,000 employees just on the hospital side, and it takes a lot of people to run a hospital. It's not like we cozy up with hot chocolate, watch the snowfall. Things go on, and we have a busy emergency department," said Norman.

Officials also met with government officials to ensure streets are clear near the hospitals and buses can run.

If you are unsure, call the hospital to see if the department you need will be open. Switchboard operators will be on hand. For more information, click here.

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