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MVH Leaders Receive Emergency Responder Training with FEMA

MVH Leaders Receive Emergency Responder Training with FEMA photo

Monongahela Valley Hospital leaders, from left to right, Donna L. Ramusivich, Diane L. Cooper and Linda Zidek, traveled to Alabama recently for specialized training in large-scale emergencies with the Department of Homeland Security. They are shown with a hood from a decontamination suit, which they wore for training in managing chemical spills, biological agents, etc.
(October 9, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Three Monongahela Valley Hospital leaders recently completed emergency responder training through the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Alabama.

Donna L. Ramusivich, senior vice president of Compliance, Quality, Utilization and Safety; Diane L. Cooper, RN, MSN, director of Quality Assurance/Risk Management; and Linda Zidek, RN, PHRN, pre-hospital coordinator, traveled to FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently for the specialized training in large-scale emergencies such as mass casualty incidents, pandemics and radiological emergency responses.

"This was extremely beneficial to us and supported our training to respond to any type of emergency event at the hospital or in the community," said Mrs. Ramusivich. "It was hands-on practice for all first responders (fire, police, EMS, hospitals) to use the same processes in an emergency to provide a unified response, which ultimately protects our community."

The CDP develops and delivers more than 40 advanced training courses for emergency response providers, emergency managers and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments focusing on incident management, mass casualty response and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act.

Some of the classes the women attended included, "Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents," "Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents" and "Pandemic Planning and Preparedness."

Participants in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential weapons of mass destruction events.

Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state and local emergency response professionals.

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