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CEO: Grateful for Community-Wide Support

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  • Written By: Andy Fitzgerald, CEO
CEO: Grateful for Community-Wide Support

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Last weekend there was a 5/10K run/walk at the Durham Ranch to raise funds for our Hospice department and to help us serve more patients. The Buffalo Stampede was a home run—or should I say a buffalo run. The Stampede raised more than $19K for Hospice, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results.

A big thank you goes out to John Flochini and all the folks at the Durham Ranch for making this a big success. It is yet another reminder of the great folks who live in Campbell County and who are committed to help us be a better healthcare organization.

Also this week, we had an organized disaster drill. There were more than 100 participants in yesterday’s exercise. This includes volunteers who played the victims, law enforcement, fire department, EMS, department managers, evaluators, command center staff and others from the city, county and school district.

The scenario was a “Code Silver,” which is when hospital staff witness a hostage situation, or an individual brandishing a weapon or actively shooting within the facility. CCMH has several different “codes” as part of our Emergency Preparedness plan, such as Code Red (Fire), Code Blue (Cardiac Arrest) and Code Yellow (Disaster). Code Silver was added to the list recently, and the exercise was a functional drill to test not only our response, but our coordination with other entities, such as local law enforcement and fire.

Another goal was to simulate how we would respond to the situation and with social media users—a task few disaster preparedness drill teams have stepped up to in Wyoming. A private Facebook group was created and actors were asked to post on the site. The Public Information Officer (PIO) used Facebook to communicate information as it was developing. We normally do at least two emergency preparedness drills a year, though some are “tabletop” exercises, and not a full-blown simulation like this one. The exercise was called about 3:40 pm, and a debriefing with all the participants was held that day.

Drills like this help us to prepare for disasters that may test the capacity of our organization to respond in these unfortunate circumstances. The goal is to give the participants a higher level of preparedness, a more effective response and a better chance of saving lives in an actual incident. Our employees, medical staff, volunteers, and local law and fire responded with professionalism and great expertise. Thanks to all who helped make this a success.


  • Category: CCMH News, Emergency Medical Services, Home Health & Hospice