Hospital and city collaborate in simulated explosion
and mass casualty exercises to ensure preparedness
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (April 4, 2013) -- White Plains Hospital staged several emergency drills this week in tandem with the City of White Plains Fire and Police Departments and to ensure optimal preparedness in the event of a mass casualty event or explosion. The drills and training exercises were held in a now vacant building adjacent to the hospital at 71 East Post Rd. They involved several members of the White Plains Fire Department assisting in the search and rescue response to simulated explosions where mannequins staged as victims were taken urgently to the hospital’s Emergency Department to be triaged by the ED and Surgical Services staff.
Ed Tangredi, who oversees Emergency Management for White Plains Hospital, commented that the drills serve a critical purpose in preparing not only the hospital staff, but the fire department and other local emergency personnel for the possibility of a life threatening scenario where multiple victims would require medical attention. “By holding these drills, we are able to continually evaluate and improve our emergency response systems and know we are prepared,” he said. “This series of exercises was a remarkable collaboration with the City’s Departments of Public Safety, Fire and Police, as well as local EMS, to ensure we have the right communication and response protocols in place in the event of a disaster.”
White Plains Fire Chief Richard Lyman, Deputy Chief John Nichols, Police Captain David Burpee, and Commissioner of Public Safety David Chong, as well as White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach were all present at the site of the drills on Tuesday April 2, when both 71 East Post Road and the White Plains Hospital Emergency Department parking lot were staged for disaster training exercises.
The hospital is preparing to demolish the building at 71 East Post Road later this spring in preparation for construction of a new building that will be devoted to the expansion of the Cancer Program.
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.