Montclair Hospital Medical Center Partners with Montclair High School on Every 15 Minutes Program

Montclair Hospital Medical Center Partners with Montclair High School on Every 15 Minutes Program


On March 2, 2015 Montclair Hospital Medical Center partnered with Montclair High School for their Every 15 Minutes program as well as created a disaster drill to better educate their staff.

Every 15 Minutes is an experience that educates us on the many dangers associated with not only driving while impaired, but also texting and driving. This program is conducted for families and teens around the world over a span of two days. Day one, students journey outdoors to a mock car accident where police, fire, ambulance, CHP medevac and a hearse are waiting to perform the activities that go along with a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI). Several students are transported to the hospital; a "drunk driver" is arrested, and a "DOA" (Dead On Arrival) is placed into the hearse and taken away. The hospital treats the 'victims' that have arrived and parents are contacted to let them know that their child has 'died'. Day two consists of a mock funeral that culminates with a guest speaker who tells a first-hand story of his/her own experience with drinking and driving. It is a very life changing experience for all involved.

Montclair Hospital Medical Center participated with the students, treating the victims and providing a meaningful and lifelike experience. The program additionally benefited employees, allowing them to tie it together with their very own mock disaster drill. MHMC internally altered the scenario to state there was an estimated 15 patients to arrive at the Emergency Department in order to activate the Command Center. This provided the staff with an opportunity to train and practice the Emergency Operations Plans as well as detect any gaps in the system. The more issues they catch during a drill the better the response in a real event. "It's refreshing to see Montclair High School being proactive with their youth and raising awareness of drunk driving," said Cambria Boyer, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager at MHMC. "We were honored to be part of such a powerful event and greatly appreciate the strong relationships we hold with our community partners. We look forward to participating in many more community drills as they prove to strengthen our partnership and preparedness."

Montclair Hospital Medical Center would like to thank all who were involved in making the program possible.

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