Protecting Patients in the Event of a Disaster
When a disaster such as a wildfire occurs, it is imperative for hospitals
to have a plan in place to ensure the safety of their patients. Evacuating
patients, particularly elderly or intensive care patients, is a delicate
process. A medical staff must be trained beforehand in order work fast.
Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center has a very active Emergency
Preparedness Program. Our CEO, leadership team, managers, and nursing
supervisors have completed the required FEMA courses and are trained in
using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Hospital Incident
Command System (HICS).
Training for Emergencies
We provide frequent training for staff related to our emergency codes (i.e.
Code Red - Fire) and practice evacuation procedures, including the use
of Med Sleds to transfer non-ambulatory patients down stairwells. HRRMC
staff members meet monthly with our community partners and quarterly with
our regional partners, and participate in a minimum of one internal and
one external emergency exercise/drill each year.
Protect Yourself in an Emergency
HRRMC encourages its employees to have a home plan for the first 72 hours
in the event of a disaster. To learn how to prepare for an emergency, visit
ready.gov. This site has information (tool kits and videos) to help families put
measures in place so they can be self-reliant for the first 72 hours if
a disaster occurs.
Chaffee County also publishes an emergency preparedness guide. To access
this local guide,
When disaster strikes, your loved ones will be in good hands at Heart of
the Rockies Regional Medical Center.