United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

Bay Pines VA to conduct mass casualty exercise Aug. 16

August 14, 2012

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Exercise being conducted as part of annual requirement 

BAY PINES, Fla. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will conduct a Mass Casualty Exercise at the main medical center campus on August 16 from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The purpose of the exercise is to test the Bay Pines VA’s mass casualty plan, mass casualty support operations, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and integration with community police, fire and emergency medical agencies.

The Bay Pines VA is required by The Joint Commission * to complete two emergency exercises annually, one of which must include community participation.

During the exercise, emergency vehicles and personnel will be onsite. Medical center operations and traffic entering and exiting the campus will not be affected.

For questions about the exercise, please contact Dean Armstrong, Emergency Manager, Bay Pines VA, at 727-398-6661 extension 5770.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VA is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 3,800 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The Bay Pines VA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. The healthcare system is also a three-time winner of the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Award, the VA’s top honor for quality achievement.

The Bay Pines VA operates nine health care facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, For Myers, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. Every year Bay Pines VAHCS  treats nearly 100,000 Veterans while providing a full range of high quality medical, psychiatric, and extended care services in outpatient, inpatient, nursing home, and home care settings.

To learn more about the Bay Pines VA, please visit www.baypines.va.gov.

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