Nyack, N.Y. March 21, 2014 – On Wednesday, March 26th, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Nyack Hospital will participate in an emergency drill designed to prepare for an active shooter scenario at the hospital. The exercise is being held in conjunction with the Rockland County REACT Team; the members of which are specially trained police officers from participating agencies in Rockland County.
Hospital staff and emergency responders will be simulating a crisis that will address the hospital’s “Code Silver” policy which directs staff on how to respond in the event of an active shooter. “The likelihood of this type of an event is extremely minimal, but at Nyack Hospital, we are proactive in safety measures,” said Jared Shapiro, PhD(c), Safety Officer at Nyack Hospital.
“This exercise will assist us as well as our local emergency personnel to be better prepared to respond for the safety of our community.”
The drill will take place in a section of the hospital that is not currently occupied by patients. It will not interfere with patient care or disrupt police activity. Emergency vehicles from the local police and fire departments will be on the hospital grounds during the exercise.
For additional information about the drill, please contact Jared Shapiro, Director, Ancillary Services and Construction/Safety Officer at 845-348-3061.
About Nyack Hospital
Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY. Founded in 1895, it is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has partnered with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine providing clinical rotations to third-year medical students. Its mission is to provide competent, innovative and accessible emergency and acute care services to the residents of Rockland County and surrounding areas. To learn more visit www.nyackhospital.org.