Bay Pines VA to Conduct Annual Emergency Exercise with Community Partners Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines VA to Conduct Annual Emergency Exercise with Community Partners Thursday, April 20, 2017

April 19, 2017

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 Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. During the exercise, emergency vehicles and personnel will be onsite. Traffic flow on the medical center campus will be minimally impacted. In addition, parking lots 24 and 14 will be closed or partially closed. To reference locations of impacted parking lots, visit:

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 fire and emergency medical agencies. Community agencies participating in the exercise include Seminole Fire Rescue and Hazmat, Largo Fire Department and Hazmat, Madeira Beach Fire Department, St. Petersburg Fire Rescue and Hazmat, Pinellas Park Fire and Hazmat, Palm Harbor Fire and Hazmat, Pinellas County Dispatch, Sunstar Ambulance, and the Seminole Community Emergency Response Team.

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

"It is very important that we are able to work cooperatively with our community partners when responding to emergencies or crisis situations," said Dean Armstrong, Emergency Manager, Bay Pines VAHCS. "While our principal mission is to deliver 5-star health care services and customer experiences to the men and women we serve, we also have humanitarian duties as a member of the community and must be ready to respond."

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 fifth 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, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at