Evangelical Prepares Through Exercise On Hazardous Materials and Mass Casualty

On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 starting at 7 am and running throughout the day, Evangelical Community Hospital, in conjunction with other federal, state, and local agencies, will be holding a hazardous materials and mass casualty exercise.

The exercise will not affect normal hospital operations and patients will not experience delays during the event. Professional Office Building patients should use the Donehower-Eisenhauer Pavilion parking lot.

Evangelical Community Hospital is required to run two disaster incident exercises a year, one as an internal and one external. This year’s scenario will replicate a hazardous materials situation combined with mass casualty, with many local volunteers playing the victims needing treatment. The Hospital and staff will practice de-contamination, triaging (patient-assessment), patient-tracking, and setting up a temporary intensive care unit in a near-real setting.

Stan Hudson, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Evangelical Community Hospital says, “It’s important for Evangelical to be prepared for situations like what we will be practicing on our campus. While we hope nothing like this ever happens, it is vital for us to know we are doing everything possible to prepare our staff so residents of the community can rest assured we are ready.”

The four to six-hour exercise, followed by debriefing and feedback, will take place at various locations on the Evangelical Community Hospital campus.
Hudson continues, “The staff at Evangelical show extraordinary teamwork, and exercises build confidence that if a real-life incident were to take place, those teams can come together and provide exceptional care even in a catastrophic situation.”

Taking part in the event will be the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), US Bureau of Prisons – Lewisburg, Union County Public Safety, Office of Public Health Preparedness, Susquehanna EHS Council, SUN Chapter of the American Red Cross, SEPA SMART, Evangelical Community Hospital staff and personnel including Pre-Hospital Services and other local fire companies.

Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.

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