San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Prepares for Emergencies with Disaster Exercises

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital prides itself on being prepared for any emergency that may affect the San Gorgonio service area. In the month of June, SGMH participated in two disaster preparedness drills at the leadership of Jan Merrick, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, SGMH participated in a county-wide Communications Failure table-top exercise, which tested the Hospital’s coordinated response efforts.

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Community leaders at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital’s June 26 Disaster Drill. From left, Banning Mayor Debbie Franklin, SGMH Chief Nursing Officer Pat Brown, SGMH Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Jan Merrick, and Banning Police Department Interim Chief Alex Diaz.

The exercise was an opportunity for SGMH to test not only its response to a communications failure, but also the programs and equipment that SGMH uses in an emergency situation. The hospital’s Ham Radios and Satellite phone were utilized, as well as Live Process and ReddiNet, two online programs which allow sophisticated communication with the County of Riverside and other local healthcare agencies.

SGMH Chief Financial Officer Dave Recupero tests out the satellite phone.

SGMH Chief Financial Officer Dave Recupero tests out the satellite phone.

Merrick expressed the importance of preparing for a wide variety of emergencies that have the potential to affect SGMH and the surrounding area, saying “Having two fairly large exercises within one month is a big undertaking, but our Associates and response partners helped me pull together a great training exercise.

“The support of the hospital leadership, community leaders and response partners has been crucial in making our Emergency Management program successful at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital,” said Merrick. “Exercises like this, which integrate our organization with our County and City, only support the mission of mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, and exemplify a true commitment to the community.”

SGMH Director of Imaging Krystal Chamberlain steps into the Logistics Officer role for the Disaster Drill.

SGMH Director of Imaging Krystal Chamberlain steps into the Logistics Officer role for the Disaster Drill.

The Hospital also partnered with the Sun Lakes community and the Highland Springs Surgery Center (HSSC) for a Disaster Exercise on Friday afternoon, June 13, 2014. The exercise was designed to test how Sun Lakes residents, HSSC, and the Hospital would respond to and work together in the event of an emergency situation.

 

“Full-scale and functional exercises like this allow SGMH to practice, test our plans, and stress our systems beyond the usual day-to-day activity,” Merrick said. “Opportunities like the Sun Lakes Disaster Drill help me as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at SGMH to prepare our organization, our Associates, and our community in response and sustainability in the event of a disaster.”

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SGMH Staff coordinate their response to the June 26 County-wide Disaster Drill.

At San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, our mission is to provide safe, high quality, personalized healthcare services. A 71-bed facility located in the San Gorgonio Pass, we were established in 1951 as a living memorial to our country’s World War I and II Veterans. Now in our 63rd year, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital provides excellent care for our community as we continue to grow along with the Pass region.

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is supported in part by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Hospital, and by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Hospital’s volunteer organization. The Auxiliary runs the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, at 3453 West Ramsey Street in Banning.

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is located at 600 North Highland Springs Avenue in Banning. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 951-845-1121 or visit www.sgmh.org.

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One Response to San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Prepares for Emergencies with Disaster Exercises

  1. Lynn Gomez says:

    Excellent event. It is always great to see our line staff take charge and perform 110%. SGMH has a great deal to be proud of in all our Associates.

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