CHA News Article

Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Tests Hospital Readiness

This year’s annual Statewide Medical and Health Exercise, held Nov. 16, emphasized hospital readiness for different types of external attacks. Participating hospitals tested organizational readiness, plans and internal policies, and established procedures with local, regional and state partners (photo gallery).

Each year, the exercise provides a venue to improve hospitals’ understanding of response procedures, build collaborative relationships and identify areas for improvement. Questions tested this year included working with local law enforcement, active shooter and explosive incident plans, responding to violent extremism, and behavioral health practices to be used for incoming victims and staff. As previously reported in CHA News, hospitals that participated in this exercise may count it toward requirements under the new emergency preparedness conditions of participation. Additional information on the exercise can be found at www.swmhe.com.

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