Tuality Healthcare teams with other agencies in disaster drill

November 12, 2012

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

Tuality Healthcare and a host of other agencies will be staging a mock disaster exercise on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Tuality Healthcare campus in Hillsboro. The exercise is intended to test the ability of Tuality Healthcare staff and supporting fire, police and other agencies in handling a potential situation involving a breach of security at the main hospital building.

Assisting Tuality’s emergency preparedness staff in handling the exercise will be Hillsboro Fire Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Metro West Ambulance, Life Flight, the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency and CERT. The exercise will begin at 10 p.m. and last about two hours. Streets and other areas in the vicinity of the Tuality Healthcare campus could be blocked off during this exercise.

Hillsboro Police will respond to Tuality Community Hospital following a 911 call about a security breach at the hospital. Officers will enter the hospital and subdue the intruder. The other agencies will be involved in case of mock injuries to police and fire personnel and Tuality staff and patients.

The intent of the exercise is to make sure Tuality and its staff is ready in case of an actual disaster involving an intruder or other scenarios such as earthquakes, flooding, severe storms, and other disasters.

Amanda Madrigal, Tuality’s new emergency preparedness coordinator, is excited about the disaster drill.

“My objective is to bring Tuality Healthcare to a new level of preparedness through education, training and continual development of our policies,” she said. “As healthcare professionals we must become proficient in recognizing and dealing with potential dangerous conditions and situations.”