Local ERs Ready for Disaster

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According to a report recently released by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy, the number of emergency room visits has jumped from 90.3 million in 1993 to 113.9 million in 2003. And though that could affect ERs in a disaster situation, the two largest medical facilities in our area say they're ready for anything.

Dr. Rob Femia, in charge of Sparrow Hospital's Emergency Department, says, "We have the ability to call in lots of doctors and operate multiple operating rooms. We can have many surgeons operating quickly."

Byron Callies, Emergency Manager of Ingham Regional Medical Centers, says, "We have alternative sights to house in-patients, even outside of the community. We draw on other community partners to bring in staff to help."

An emergency drill is another way the ERs stay on top of things. And nine counties in Michigan including Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties will be participating in a disaster preparedness exercise. It's scheduled for July 28.

For more information, log on to the District 1 Regional Medical Response Coalition's Web site at www.d1replay.com, or call 517-324-4404.