Marion General Hospital conducts emergency management exercise
Hattiesburg, Miss. (September 15, 2016) Marion General Hospital conducted a bomb threat exercise on Wednesday, September 14, to examine the emergency management plans related to this scenario and gain information regarding the functionality of the plans and the required knowledge of staff.
“Conducting this exercise is an example of our commitment to our patients, staff and our community. It gives us an opportunity to practice and improve our emergency preparedness at Marion General Hospital. This is also a great opportunity to enhance our relationship with response agencies in our community,” said Bryan Maxie, administrator of Marion General.
In the exercise scenario, a receptionist at Marion General received a call claiming that there were bombs in the hospital. From there, staff followed the protocol in place as though it were a real-life scenario. Columbia Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and Marion County Emergency Management officials participated in planning the event. The exercise served several purposes including to fulfill Mississippi Department of Health hospital licensing requirements as well as to evaluate staff knowledge, decisions, and response to the incident.
For more information about Marion General, visit forresthealth.org.
CAPTION: Pictured: Mississippi Highway Patrol K-9 Officer Lee Jordan working with Solo during the exercise.