Bay Pines VA to Conduct Mass Casualty Exercise on Aug. 19 - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines VA to Conduct Mass Casualty Exercise on Aug. 19

August 14, 2015

BAY PINES, FL. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) will conduct a mass casualty exercise at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. During the exercise, emergency vehicles and personnel will be onsite. Traffic flow on campus will be minimally impacted.

The purpose of the exercise is to test the Bay Pines VAHCS’s mass casualty plan, mass casualty support operations, Incident Command Center (ICC) and integration with community police, fire and emergency medical agencies. Community agencies participating in the exercise include Seminole Fire Rescue, Treasure Island Fire Department, Lealman Fire and Rescue, Sunstar Ambulance and Bayflite, among others.

The Bay Pines VAHCS is required by The Joint Commission to complete two emergency exercises annually, one of which must include community participation and influx of patients.

"It is extremely important that we are able to work jointly with our community partners when responding to emergency or crisis situations," said Dean Armstrong, Emergency Manager, Bay Pines VAHCS. "While our primary mission is to provide personalized, proactive, patient-driven care to the Veterans we serve, we also have humanitarian responsibilities as a member of the community and must be ready to respond."

"This exercise promotes training, continual readiness and validates our capability to work collaboratively with our partners during emergency situations," he added.

General questions and media inquiries about the exercise should be directed to Jason W. Dangel, Public Affairs Officer, Bay Pines VAHCS, at 727-398-6661 extension 15031.

About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fourth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. To learn more, please visit www.baypines.va.gov or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines.