murray calloway hosp2MURRAY, Ky. (6/14/14) — Tuesday June 17, Murray-Calloway County Hospital employees and local emergency responders will take part in a mock disaster drill.

The drill will test the preparedness and response of local, regional and state agencies should a real crisis occur.

The event, staged by the Emergency Management Committee of MCCH in partnership with Murray State University, will focus on response plans for an actual disaster that would trigger a sudden influx of patients, media and concerned community members to the hospital.

The full scale mass-casualty drill is being conducted in collaboration with multiple partner agencies including Police and Fire Departments, MSU and Calloway County Emergency Operations Center.

The scenario for the practice event is a simulated earthquake with an influx of injured civilians. Organizers caution that the event is a significant exercise and the local community can expect to see emergency responders at Murray-Calloway County Hospital looking and acting as if it were a true disaster. Normal hospital Emergency Department operations and patient care will not be affected by the drill in any way. Non-emergency patients should access a family medicine physician or provider for treatment.

More than a dozen departments at MCCH will participate in the drill, including the emergency department, surgery, radiology, security and others as needed. Hospitals are required by the Joint Commission to have disaster response plans in place and conduct periodic drills for improvement and training purposes.

“The goal of this exercise is to enhance working relationships and collaboration between the agencies and organizations involved,” said Marty Barnett, Director of Emergency Services. “It’s a mock exercise, but it’s also a very real test of our ability to respond to an actual disaster. We appreciate the cooperation of everyone involved.”

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