The McLaren Bay region hosted a disaster preparedness exercise on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. This event was made possible through the joint planning and cooperation of several local organizations and agencies, including the Bay-Arenac Intermediate School District, Bay County Active Assailant Task Force, Medstar, and the Monitor Township Fire Department.
The exercise simulated a mass casualty event with an active shooter at the Bay Arenac ISD Career Center. First responders received the call from emergency services at 9:06 am Several simulated ‘casualties’ were then prepared for transport to the McLaren Bay area where an external disaster drill code was issued and the incident command was called to act.
“It is very important that we prepare for a situation like this in case it happens in our community,” said Patti Irwin, Trauma Program Manager, McLaren Bay Area. “We want to make sure we have the right processes and systems in place to handle the influx of critically injured patients if the situation arises.”
As a Level III trauma center, the McLaren Bay area hosts at least two outpatient disaster drills per year. To achieve this designation, surgeons, emergency physicians, specialist nurses and other vital personnel are available or on call 24/7. Essential support services throughout the hospital are also available, such as the blood bank, laboratory, respiratory therapists and imaging services, as well as case managers, clinical social workers and other health professionals.
“At Medstar, we appreciate the value of teamwork and would like to thank all of our partners today for helping to run the exercise so well,” said Sheri Bird, Operations Supervisor at Medstar.
During the year, the McLaren Bay area continued to function normally and patient care was not affected.