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Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center Hosts Emergency Response Training Exercise

Dec. 11, 2013 – Today, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center hosts a daylong training exercise that includes about 100 personnel from its staff, the Hanover Fire-EMS Department and the Central Virginia Incident Management Team on the hospital’s evacuation procedure. The drill’s scale and coordination of numerous community and regional partners makes this exercise a first of its kind in the region.

"Memorial Regional Medical Center is well prepared in the event of an emergency," said Gary Welch, assistant to the CEO and administrative director of support services, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center. "Participating in training exercises ensures our emergency response skills are sharp and our coordination efforts with county personnel are well practiced. We are looking forward to hosting this training exercise and becoming even better prepared to handle challenging or escalating circumstances in collaboration with our community partners.”

The Hanover Fire-EMS Department has developed a training scenario where the hospital has been impacted by high winds, compromising the integrity of the building with window damage. The scenario requires that multiple patients be evacuated from the hospital and transferred to other facilities. It allows the hospital and first responders to test evacuation and emergency operation plans that are already in place and learn valuable lessons along the way.

“We hope to run through the scenario and see how each group works together to evacuate patients from a hospital. We feel like this is an incredible opportunity to bring these teams together and practice for the real thing,” said Division Chief Henri Moore, Hanover Fire-EMS. “We can apply the same principles that we use on this drill to any health care facility. We are excited about the opportunity to train at this level with one of our most valued community partners, Memorial Regional Medical Center.”

The drill will be staged on the hospital’s campus in the parking lot outside of Medical Office Building 1 located at 8220 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, Va., as well as inside the building in the Community Education Room. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this time, there will be an increased public safety presence on the hospital campus.

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