Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH) partnered with the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) on April 7 to conduct a disaster preparedness exercise at FCMH.
The purpose of the exercise is to evaluate the community’s ability to meet Hospital Preparedness Program Performance Measures/Public Health Preparedness Capabilities. This is a state-wide exercise that was conducted on April 6 and 7. The participating agencies/organizations and hospitals were divided into two groups, North and South. The North group conducted their exercise on April 6 and the South group including FCMH and the Fayette County Health District conducted theirs on April 7.
FCMH and Fayette County Health District followed an exercise plan created by COTS and the Central Region Public Health Preparedness Committee. Ten students from Miami Trace High School volunteered their time as actors to play the part of patients.
During the time of the exercise, no patients or visitors were turned away at FCMH. The rest of the hospital followed standard procedures and provided care to existing patients.
The Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) augments disaster response among the region’s hospitals, health care providers, public health and other emergency responders, with patients as the ultimate focus as recipients of that care.
COTS serves as a pass-through agency for federal preparedness funds to Central Region’ 27 hospitals and other health care partners who strategically use these dollars to purchase equipment, supplies and training necessary for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive and environmental disaster response.
Fayette County Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital (25 bed hospital) with over 30 healthcare providers, complete with a full spectrum of healthcare services.
This article was submitted by the Fayette County Memorial Hospital.