Western Maine Health Vice President of Performance Improvement, Kathy Bonney, RN, MSN, has announced that Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH) was recently honored by the Oxford County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for outstanding efforts in planning, reporting, and exercising during the 2009 calendar year.
SMH was honored at a meeting of the LEPC which took place on Tuesday, May 25th at the Woodstock Fire Department; Bonney, Bob Hand, Director of PACE Paramedic Service, and Michael Hatch, Safety & Security Officer, were on hand to receive the thanks of the committee.
The LEPC chairperson shared that Stephens Memorial Hospital has exceeded the requirements of training and exercising safety drills; which included being the first hospital in the state to set up an Alternate Care Site. This effort has helped to "create new partnerships and strengthen relationships with the local first responder community," which will allow for seamlessness when responding to an actual safety event. SMH was also commended for, "their outstanding efforts to keep their workplace and the surrounding community safe."
Hatch shares, "All hospitals are required to pre-plan for emergencies both in the hospital and in the community. SMH has consistently gone beyond these requirements to break new ground in emergency preparedness. This translates to a safer and healthier community for everyone, both here in the Oxford Hills and throughout the State of Maine. This award belongs to the entire hospital staff that comes together and makes safety a priority."
Photo caption: L-R: Teresa Inman, Chair of the LEPC presents Mike Hatch, Kathy Bonney, and Bob Hand of SMH with their award.