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Alliance Community Hospital takes part in disaster drills

May 18, 2012

Alliance Community Hospital is getting ready for anything.

The hospital has taken part in two recent disaster drills.

On April 19, ACH participated in a disaster exercise conducted by the Northeast Central Ohio Regional Disaster Planning Consortium (NECO). Such mock drills are held annually to test the plans and response times of participating hospitals and emergency management agencies. This year, the simulated emergency was a tornado sweeping through 13 surrounding counties. In total, 31 hospitals and 13 Emergency Management Agencies (EMA) participated.

The main objective of the drill was to assess the efficiency in the communication process between the entities during a disaster.

On April 24, ACH coordinated a bomb threat drill in its Community Care Center (CCC). The scenario included 18 injured patients who were all transported to the emergency room for treatment and then released.

"Overall, the CCC drill went very smoothly," said Jim McGeehen, emergency preparedness coordinator. "We perform these drills in order to identify areas in need of improvement so that we will be prepared in case a real emergency event occurs."

Additionally, ACH and the University of Mount Union are planning a community-wide mock disaster to occur in August. It will incorporate local government and emergency management agencies, as well as the Stark County Hazmat department.

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