Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James is now better prepared for managing crisis situations like hazardous chemical spills, major disasters and terrorist attacks. Five Mayo Clinic Health System in St.. James employees made up a team that recently completed training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.
The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 50 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act.
“This was an excellent learning experience for our team,” says Danielle Thate, registered nurse, Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James hospital nurse manager. “We gained valuable knowledge and were able to put that to use during this robust exercise. The training has enhanced our emergency preparedness and response efforts.”
A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordinance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRA). The COBRA is the nation’s only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.
Along with Thate, Mayo Clinic Health System staff on the team included Kelly Brown, registered nurse, Mayo Clinic Health System ambulatory nurse manager; Yvonne Gratz, certified nurse practitioner, Mayo Clinic Health System emergency department and urgent care provider; Travis Jordan, Mayo Clinic Health System facilities manager; and Jessica Nachreiner, Mayo Clinic Health System imaging manager.
“The knowledge gained from this extensive training is invaluable to our organization,” says Greg Kutcher, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System regional president and CEO. “We never want to endure a disaster or catastrophic event, but, if we do, the communities we serve can find comfort knowing we have a group of professionals with specialized training in managing large-scale emergency situations.”