Englewood, CO, November 02, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- HCA/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center in partnership with South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, church administration and security, 911 dispatch centers, law enforcement agencies, and fire/rescue districts will conduct a full-scale emergency training operation during the month of November. The events will take place on November 2, 9, and 14 at a local church and mock victims will be transferred to Swedish Medical Center. The joint exercise is intended to help local first responders and hospitals prepare for their roles during a worst case scenario situation.
Swedish, an acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, cares for over 200,000 patients annually and is the south metro Denver area’s only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Emergency training at the hospital is part of ongoing exercises to maintain peak emergency readiness.
“While our staff participate in emergency preparedness operations on a continual basis, this particular drill is a culmination of months of planning,” said Jon Brillhart, Swedish Medical Center director of safety. “We understand the importance of conducting this type of training to include all the stakeholders in public safety. This collaborative training exercise will continue to prepare our staff for a potential critical incident that may develop in our community.”
To assist with the training, volunteers will act in the drills and exercises equipped with realistic surgical cut suits. The suits provide a way to simulate the effects of severe traumatic events on a live human while allowing first responders and physicians to safely perform real procedures.
The initial trainings will occur at Denver First Church located at 3800 E. Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village on Friday November 2nd and Friday November 9th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mock victims will be transferred to Swedish Medical Center’s Emergency room and will include realistic emergency team response interventions. Swedish Medical Center and South Metro Fire Rescue Authority welcome journalists to join us for this rare behind the scenes learning opportunity. Please contact Eric Hurst for questions related to the church training and Kara Hamersky for questions related to hospital portion of the exercise.
Swedish Medical Center, part of HCA’s HealthONE, is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.
With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region’s neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is the south metro Denver area’s only level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.
Swedish Medical Center offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty including adult and pediatric emergency, heart care, neurology/neurosurgery, pregnancy and childbirth, orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer care, gastroenterology and liver care, gynecology and urology. Additional information about the hospital is available at www.SwedishHospital.com.