The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office and the Charleston Police Department are developing the exercise and will portray the "bad guys," Morris said. The police will not be using real guns; instead, they will use blue, plastic guns. A "Code Silver" policy would be activated in this type of emergency.
"All of the staff that will be participating in that exercise have been informed about the drill or given the opportunity to not participate if that's something that will be stressful to them. And the police will meet with them again tomorrow morning to again go through what we're going to be doing," Morris said.
Because the emergency department at CAMC General would be closed if there were an active shooter, CAMC Memorial will handle the trauma event. They will focus on handling an increased number of trauma victims and will treat approximately 25 simulated injuries made with moulage.
"We've taken a different approach this year. We have a very ambitious drill plan. Usually, we do one scenario and all of our hospitals do the same thing," Morris said. "The last drill, we looked at what would happen to the hospitals if we had a major flood, for example. This year, each of the hospitals will do something different."
To make the event realistic, the hospital has enlisted the help of the Children's Theatre of Charleston to do the moulage makeup for trauma victims and snakebites. The Garnet Career Center, Children's Theatre, home-schooled children and other volunteers will help with the scenarios.
"All three hospitals will be involved, and there will be a lot of activity. The challenge we always have with these situations is how do we take care of the real patients; that's something we're aware of and work around," said David Ramsey, CAMC's president and CEO. "Sometimes these drills don't come off as realistic as you want them to because you still have to take care of the patients who come in the door, as well. But it certainly gives us a chance to think through what we did right. Not just for us, but the entire community."
All hospitals in the association's region 3 and 4 who are in the grant program are participating in the specialized drills. Hospitals in Putnam County through Greenbrier County will host drills that test their response to situations they are concerned with.
"It really makes a huge difference in hospitals working together with communities to respond to any kind of problems. That's really a benefit of doing these kinds of exercises," Morris said.
Also during Wednesday's meeting: The Board is considering going paperless with its meeting materials. A recommendation should be made by the end of summer.
Saturday's gala, to benefit programs at CAMC's Women and Children's Hospital, has already raised $275,000. Auction items include an autographed guitar, gold packages and diamond tennis bracelets.