CONWAY, Ark. - Conway Regional Health System will host and participate in an emergency response drill Saturday, April 28, from 9-10 a.m. inside and near the Outpatient Surgery Center, located in building 3 on the hospital campus.
The drill will include emergency personnel from the Conway Fire Department, Conway Police Department, Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, MEMS, Air Evac Life Team, UCA security and others. Representatives from participating agencies will be visible near the Surgery Center during the exercise.
The drill will consist of a scenario in which an active shooter invades the Conway Regional Emergency Department. The majority of the drill is expected to take place exclusively inside the Surgery Center.
While the Surgery Center is closed to patients and visitors on Saturdays, the adjoining Women’s Center, Medical Center and Emergency Department will remain open during the drill.
“We will be communicating throughout the process to our staff, physicians, visitors and neighbors to reassure them that there is no actual danger,” said Michael Henry, RN, Trauma Coordinator. “This is part of Conway Regional’s ongoing efforts to improve our readiness for crisis situations.”
He added, “We believe this is particularly important in light of the increasing number of active aggressor events nationally.”
“There are a lot of factors that will come into play during the drill, including the need to protect and treat our staff during the exercise, and the need to guard the safety of our patients and visitors,” added Eric Kindsfater, director of Safety, Security and Telecommunications.
Emergency responders will evaluate different aspects of how they would handle the crisis.
“Active aggressor incidents have become far too familiar across our country. One thing law enforcement has learned is, during each incident that occurs, everyone in that community is affected and they will have a part in the process,” said Major Chris Harris, Patrol Division Commander for the Conway Police Department. “When the staff at Conway Regional invited us to participate, we were more than happy to be a part of their drill.”
The drill may include the landing of emergency transport helicopters at a nearby practice stadium at the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. The drill will also test Conway Regional’s Incident Command Center protocols and will include staff from numerous hospital departments.
About Conway Regional
Conway Regional Health System provides complete health care services to the growing communities of north Central Arkansas, centered on a 150-bed acute care medical center. The not-for-profit medical center serves patients with comprehensive care including cardiovascular surgery, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s services, and rehabilitation therapy services. Additional components of the health system include Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, a home health agency, an all-digital outpatient imaging center, an outpatient surgery center, senior mental health services, eight primary care clinics, an after-hours clinic and one of the largest hospital-owned fitness centers in the nation. More than 1,800 babies were born last year at Conway Regional and the Emergency Department is one of the busiest in Arkansas with more than 36,000 visits in 2017. Conway Regional is an independent health system governed by a local volunteer board and managed by CHI St. Vincent. Learn more at www.ConwayRegional.org.