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