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Mock disaster drill set for Tuality Community Hospital


Streets around Hillsboro hospital could be blocked during tonights exercise

A mock "active shooter" drill will be held at the Tuality Healthcare campus in Hillsboro tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 14. It is intended to test the ability of the facility in supporting fire, police and other agencies to handle a potential situation involving a breach of security at the main hospital building.

The drill will be conducted by Tuality’s emergency preparedness staff, the Hillsboro Fire Department, the Hillsboro Police Department, Metro West Ambulance, Life Flight, the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency and CERT.

The exercise will begin at 10 p.m. and last about two hours. Streets and other areas in the vicinity of the Tuality Healthcare campus could be blocked off during this exercise.

The scenario calls for Hillsboro Police to respond to Tuality Community Hospital following a 911 call about a security breach there. Officers will enter the hospital and subdue the intruder. The other agencies will be involved in treating mock injuries to police and fire personnel and Tuality staff and patients.

The intent of the exercise is to make sure Tuality and its staff is ready in case of an actual disaster involving an intruder or other scenarios such as earthquakes, flooding, severe storms, and other disasters.

“My objective is to bring Tuality Healthcare to a new level of preparedness through education, training and continual development of our policies,” said Amanda Madrigal, Tuality’s new emergency preparedness coordinator. “As healthcare professionals we must become proficient in recognizing and dealing with potential dangerous conditions and situations.”