Spokane’s Sacred Heart Hospital trained Wednesday for potential infectious disease threats in a full-scale emergency simulation.
A new ward at the hospital is ready to handle patients with highly infectious diseases. It’s just one of ten hospitals in the country chosen as a regional treatment center.
The drill scenario actually started in Alaska where our mock patient was suspected of being exposed to Ebola.
This drill was a full-scale emergency simulation. The City of Spokane, Greater Spokane Emergency Management, Sacred Heart, Life Flight Network, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Police Department, Spokane International Airport and its fire and police departments, Spokane Regional Health District, Washington State Region 9 Healthcare Coalition, Washington State Department of Health, American Medical Response, and US Department of Health and Human services all participated as part of a joint commitment to ongoing safety and training for hospital and public health response officials.