SMH Sets up Alternate Care Site Example at Emergency Management Conference
Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) was selected to set up their example of an Alternate Care Site (ACS) at the Augusta Civic Center on Monday, April 12th for a conference called 'Creating Capacity when Beds & Health Systems are Full'. The conference was sponsored in part by a grant from the Harvard School of Public Health/Center for Public Health Preparedness.
This was a statewide EMA Conference; SMH was the only facility setting up a demo ACS and was chosen because Maine EMA recognizes that we are in the forefront of hospitals in New England. SMH was the only hospital in Maine to have actually set this up and run a drill, and one of only two in all of New England (the other hospital is in MA). The hospital ran a drill September of 2009 - setting up an alternate care site at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in response to a mass casualty occurrence. They used a using a similar set up at the EMA conference, but tailored it to be a response to a mass outbreak of illness such as pandemic flu.
Michael Hatch, Director of Safety & Security of Stephens Memorial Hospital coordinated the move of the ACS set up to the civic center on Sunday, April 11th, for the Monday conference. Hatch also facilitated a workshop on logistics during the conference.
Also at the April 12th conference, were tools and strategies for implementing medical surge management, how to create an alternate care site, and emergency management integration into health system response.
The Center for Public Health Preparedness at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH-CPHP) is dedicated to enhancing preparedness in Massachusetts, Maine, and beyond by providing training on these key elements of preparedness for public health, public safety, and healthcare professionals.