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Hospital participates in mass-casualty training exercise

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.parro@ahss.org

Adventist Midwest Health joined forces with other Chicago-area healthcare systems and individual hospitals in erecting a 5,000 square-foot tent city as part of a mass-casualty training exercise. The exercise took place June 12 at Hines VA Hospital, Hines Ill.; 50 people from the Illinois EMS Region 8 medical community erected and connected 12 tents in less than 90 minutes. The equipment was dismantled in 40 minutes.

 

The tents were self-contained, mobile, heating and air conditioning capable and configurable to fit the needs of disasters such as earthquakes, regional flooding, large hazardous materials spills, epidemics, and terrorist attacks. In addition to providing alternate patient care sites, many of the tents can also be used as mass decontamination units – thus allowing patients to be sanitized in a fast manner – or as a shelter for rescue personnel who need to be present at the disaster scene for more than 24 hours.

 

“By participating in this large-scale event, our 15-member Adventist Midwest Health team proved our readiness to respond to a disaster,” said Sue Smith, RN, regional emergency management coordinator for Adventist Midwest Health. “It took months of planning by hospital emergency personnel from across the region.”

 

The event allowed Adventist Midwest Health employees and their counterparts at other Region 8 hospitals to tap into one another’s expertise.

 

“Preparing for any type of disaster requires meticulous planning by numerous members of our teams,” said David L. Crane, president and chief executive officer, Adventist Midwest Health. “While we never want disaster to strike, we need to be ready when it does.”

 

Participating agencies included: Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Edward Hospital, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Hines VA Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital, the American Red Cross and Hillside Emergency Management Agency.

“Overall, the demonstration was a success in terms of establishing relationships between hospital and partner staff members at the tactical level and establishing baselines for capacity and capabilities of participating Region 8 hospitals,” stated the post-event report prepared for Region 8 and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.