2008-04-11 / Community

SJEH Holds 'Tabletop' Disaster Drill

Sheldon Gleich (second from right), MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases, spoke on the progression of small-pox during the St. John's tabletop disaster drill. With him was (from left to right): Mildred Colon, Director, Human Services; Rev. Dr. Cecily Broderick y Guerra, Vice President, Pastoral Care, Episcopal Health Services, and Nancy Traver, RN, CIC, infection control practitioner.
St. John's Episcopal Hospital held a tabletop drill for a disaster on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. A table-top drill provides a necessary exercise to test and improve the Hospital's state of disaster readiness. The scenario for the drill was an outbreak of smallpox in the New York City metropolitan area; its simulated response engaged personnel from many of the Hospital's departments including the Emergency Department, Section of Infectious Diseases, Purchasing, Dietary, Housekeeping, and Finance. The exercise was facilitated by Joseph Marcellino, healthcare consultant.
The disaster tabletop drill held at St. John's Episcopal Hospital was led by (from left to right): Patrick Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, St. John's Episcopal Hospital; Samuel Okonta, MD, Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine; Said Soliman, Director, Purchasing; Saundra Chisholm, RN, Employee Health; Sharon Behar, RN, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs; Joseph Marcellino, health-care consultant; and Raymond Pastore, MD, Chief Medical Officer.

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