Faith Regional Holds Disaster Exercise

NORFOLK – It can happen at any time…a disaster forcing a local hospital out of its comfort zone and into action.

Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk held a disaster plan simulation on Thursday. The exercise tested the hospital on what they would do with a sudden influx of patients that had been evacuated from a disaster in another city.

Organizers say the exercise reflected new protocols put in place that require hospitals to include law enforcement, emergency managers and anyone else that would be involved in a disaster scenario.

“We’ve been pretty close to that in the past, so it wasn’t a big stretch for us,” said Faith Regional safety manager Mark Sears. “It helps us work with the other partners in our community. They learn to work with us and we get to know each other.”

Faith Regional officials say the exercise will inform how they handle major events in the future.

“We’ll work on those things throughout the year, to get those things better,” Sears said. “Then next year, when we do our next exercise, we’ll incorporate those things to see if we’ve made any improvements.”

Thursday’s exercise gave Faith Regional the opportunity to try out their new patient tracking system that they devised following the Pilger twin tornadoes in 2014.

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