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Hospital Emergency Management Exercise December 1


CaroMont Health will conduct a simulated emergency management exercise on the campus of CaroMont Regional Medical Center on Friday, December 1 from 7 a.m. to noon. The exercise, which will include local Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS, will test emergency preparedness policies and procedures for the health system and participating agencies.

CaroMont Specialty Surgery, the Emergency Department at CaroMont Regional Medical Center and other hospital departments will have specific roles to play in accordance with the hospital’s emergency response plan. It is important to note that as part of the exercise, visitors may see an increased presence of emergency response personnel and vehicles on the hospital campus; however, at no time will patient or public safety be at risk during this exercise.

“CaroMont Health’s Emergency Management Program recognizes the need for a whole community approach to disaster planning,” said John Watts, Director of Environment of Care at CaroMont Health. “This overarching theme of emergency management emphasizes community coordination and collaboration throughout the four phases of emergency management (mitigation, planning, response and recovery). Using this approach enables CaroMont Health to strengthen partner relationships and build response plans that make sense. This gives us a distinct advantage should a disaster strike.”

A requirement by The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, emergency drills also allow hospitals an opportunity to periodically test emergency plans and identify important strengths and areas for improvement to ensure a safe and efficient environment for patients and staff.

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