Disaster drill helps St. Vincent Hospital ‘prepare for the worst’

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- St. Vincent Hospital is using a disaster drill to prepare itself for the worst.

The full-scale mock exercise and drill will take place on the St. Vincent campus throughout to day on Monday, November 7.

It’s a two-phase drill.

The first section is an active shooter scenario.

That will be followed by a drill that requires the staff to evacuate all the patients at the hospital.

Earlier this year St. Vincent was named a level one trauma center, a distinction that means it can handle patients with the most severe injuries in emergency situations.

“This drill is very important for our staff and other emergency responders because we can’t ever anticipate when a disaster will happen, but knowing that we have prepared ourselves for the worst reduces the amount of casualties that could occur,” said Rick Ball, St. Vincent Safety Officer, Emergency Management.

Sixty students from North Central High School will act as patients and family members during the exercise.

Local police, firefighters, and other groups will also be involved.

Patient care will not be affected during this drill.

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