On Wednesday, December 6, Archbold’s Mitchell County Hospital will hold a drill during which hospital staff will respond to a simulated emergency situation involving a bus crash.
“It’s extremely important that our staff knows how to respond in real emergency situations that could affect the safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and employees,” said Jamie Womack, Mitchell County Hospital administrator.
Mitchell County Hospital frequently holds drills to remind staff how to respond to internal emergencies and disasters such as fire, extreme weather and infant or child abduction. In addition, the hospital routinely partners with local law enforcement and first responders to simulate external events such as chemical spills and mass casualty events that, in real life, would result in enacting the activation of a county-wide emergency management plan. The hospital has been working with first responders and community partners for months to prepare for the drill on Wednesday. Mitchell County Hospital, Fire, EMS, Police, Sheriff, E911 and Mitchell County EMA will be participating in the drill.
“It’s very important that we evaluate our policies and test our procedures to ensure the safety of our staff, patients and community,” said Chuck Winchester, Archbold emergency management coordinator. “We’ve developed a joint plan that we’ll implement during the exercise to test the policies and procedures we’ve discussed and put in place for this type event.”
The drill will take place primarily in the Emergency Department and Community Room at MCH, and at the football stadium on Industrial Boulevard in Camilla. The scenario will involve a staged bus accident where civilians are trapped. Law enforcement and first responders will respond to the hospital’s call to E-911, arriving on the scene to assess and control the simulated situation.
“We want to stress to the community that this is only a drill, and MCH, local law enforcement and first responders will be in full control of the simulation,” said Winchester.
For more information on the drill, please call Chuck Winchester, (229) 551-2199.