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CMC Conducting Disaster Response Drill—Sat, May 31

Traffic Detours Around Hospital Expected for Unique Emergency Preparedness Drill

First responders in Manchester will join CMC hospital for a unique emergency disaster drill this month, in an exercise designed to challenge the skills and training of hospital staff. The morning-long drill will involve local police and fire departments that will require traffic detours around the hospital, but it will not affect CMC operations or access for patients, staff and visitors.

The goal of this exercise is to evaluate CMC and Manchester fire department response to a helipad incident at the hospital. Since CMC is the only elevated helipad in the State, the Manchester hospital is a primary receiving hospital for critical access hospitals throughout NH.

“Over the course of this last year, we have experienced increased traffic to our helipad due to the growth of our cardiac, bariatric and patient transfer center,” explains Michelle Marshall, Communications Director for CMC.  “Our helipad allows area hospitals the option of sending patients with critical needs to our hospital in the quickest possible timeframe. But with increased use, we wanted to hold an exercise that allows us to think through what we need to do if anything goes wrong with a helicopter rooftop arrival.”

CMC response teams and local emergency responders know the basic information about the drill, but will only learn the critical details in real time during the event.  Each team has been told to expect the unexpected.  The drill will test the hospital’s ability to respond to a specific and unique accident, while also testing the coordinated response and communications with other first responders.

  • CMC Disaster Response Drill
  • Sat, May 31—9:30AM–12:30PM
  • McGregor Street, outside of CMC
  • CMC emergency personnel, Manchester Police and Fire Deptartments, DHART Helicopter  

There will be restricted traffic on McGregor Street between the hours of 9:30-12:30pm on May 31 (between Putnam and Amory Street).

The emergency department will remain open for those in need of emergency services and the main entrance to the hospital will remain open throughout the drill.

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