Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (December 14, 2009)---As part of the local community’s vital health care infrastructure, Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., plays a key role in disaster readiness for Wayne and Oakland Counties alongside police, fire, rescue and other public safety services. For several years, Botsford Hospital has been stepping up its readiness efforts in order to be better prepared in responding to not only traditional disaster threats and terrorist attacks, including the use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. The hospital’s high level of preparedness comes with a hefty price tag, but that’s offset in part by federal and state grants.
Since 2004, Botsford Hospital has received more than $100,000 in grant money: $91,569 from the federal Department of Homeland Security for bioterrorism preparedness and $15,400 from the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources for H1N1 (swine) flu preparedness.
Homeland Security Grant
Connie Fleming, director of nursing and co-chair of Botsford Hospital’s Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee, says this large grant assured key individuals being trained in the National Incident Management System requirements:
· First responders/receivers (Emergency Center nurses, techs and physicians, and the staff of Security, Plant Management and Registration
· Emergency Department management staff
· All members of the Botsford Hospital’s Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee
· Others responsible for Botsford’s Emergency Management Program
“Our afternoon supervisor in the Emergency Center, Brian Moore, RN, is a good example of Botsford Hospital’s preparedness,” Fleming says. “Brian’s worked with the Farmington Hills Fire Department to bring CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives) classes to Emergency Center employees, which includes erecting our d-con tent.”
Several Emergency Center staff members at Botsford Hospital regularly attend planning meetings held by the Region 2 North Bioterrorism Preparedness Board and the Oakland County Hospital Partnership Committee. Fleming says, “We plan to focus on educational activities, so more of our employees can become familiar with the emergency preparedness plan.”
Under an agreement with the Oakland County Partnership Committee, Botsford Hospital could give or get aid through an emergency resource sharing collaboration with more than 25 other hospitals. This aid could take the form of personnel, supplies, transportation, pharmaceuticals or patient transfer.
PHOTO CAPTION: Botsford Hospital staff use its decontamination tent during a full-scale disaster drill. In real life, Botsford Hospital’s Emergency Center staffers are prepared to decontaminate a large influx of patients, such as from a terrorist attack or large industrial chemical spill.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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