Borgess-Pipp Hospital To Hold Emergency Operations Drill

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WHAT:

Borgess-Pipp Hospital will hold an emergency operations drill on December 21. The hospital will partner with Borgess Family Medicine, Plainwell Public Safety, Allegan County Emergency Management, Allegan County Sheriff Department, Gun Plain Fire Department, Otsego Fire Department, Plainwell Area EMS and Michigan State Police Explorers for the completion of this drill.

Given the rise in the number of violent acts inside hospitals, The Joint Commission has emphasized the training and implementation of emergency response plans associated with active shooter incidents and workplace violence. The main focus of the Borgess-Pipp Hospital exercise will be an intruder brandishing a weapon who enters Borgess Family Medicine.

Note: Residents and visitors to the community should be advised—while there will be many law enforcement and emergency personnel participating in this exercise, it is only a drill.

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 21, beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Borgess Family Medicine and Borgess-Pipp Hospital.

WHY:

To ensure the safety of hospital patients and residents of Plainwell in the event of an active shooter emergency. This exercise will test the abilities and training of medical staff to operate under this emergency threat, respond to an influx of critical patients into the emergency department, work closely with outside agencies, react in a calm, controlled manner, and follow orders using the Hospital Incident Command System.

CONTACT:

Borgess-Pipp Hospital, (269) 685.4505.

About Borgess Health

Borgess Health is a health system that offers high quality care in such areas as cardiovascular, neurosciences, orthopedics, vascular surgery, women’s health, primary care, emergency medicine, bariatrics, imaging, and long-term acute care. Borgess Health includes Borgess Medical Center, Borgess-Pipp Hospital, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Borgess at Woodbridge Hills, Borgess Visiting Nurse & Hospice, Borgess VNA Home Health & Hospice (now part of Reverence Home Health & Hospice), Borgess Staffing Solutions, Borgess Health & Fitness Center, Borgess Gardens and many additional owned or affiliated services. The 123-year-old health ministry serves residents of 10 counties. It is one of the area’s largest health care providers and also is one of the largest employers. Borgess Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.