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posted on: 1/23/2017 7:56:31 AM
On Monday, January 23, the Northwest Ohio Healthcare Emergency Management Coalition and Lima Memorial Health System will hold a full-scale evacuation and medical surge exercise. Numerous community partners will be participating in this real-to-life training exercise, which will allow the community to become better prepared for emergency situations in the future.
The cause of the emergency situation necessitating the evacuation has not been revealed, allowing a real-time playout of the events. This is the first real-time evacuation to take place in Northwest Ohio.
The exercise will simulate the evacuation of the hospital and the set-up & operation of an Alternate Care Facility (ACF). An ACF is established at an alternate location to provide continuous, quality care during the process to protect patients until they can be transported to other medical facilities. Forty Apollo healthcare students will be involved in the exercise as patients, gaining practical experience in their field.
Medical surge and evacuation training community partners include Allen County Emergency Management Agency, Allen County Health Department, Lima Memorial Health System, St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima Fire Department, Bath Township Fire Department, Perry Township Fire Department, Lima Police Department, Lima / Allen County Paramedic EMS, Allen County Sheriff, Hospital Council of NW Ohio, Forest Park Methodist Church, Allen County REACT, Allen County ACERT, Allen /Oakwood Correctional Facility, Apollo Career Center, Rhodes State College and Lima / Allen County Regional Transit Authority.