HENDERSON, Tx. — Joining more than a dozen counties across East Texas, UT Health Henderson will participate in a region-wide exercise on Wednesday, Oct. 16, beginning about 1 p.m. The live-action drill will include several medical and long-term health facilities along with local law enforcement agencies, fire departments, amateur radio operators and area ambulance services.

The drill will simulate damage from a major weather event, testing the participants’ ability to respond to the emergency and coordinate assistance with other facilities and agencies. Some facilities, including UT Health Henderson, will have college students on hand acting as victims to make the drill more realistic for the hospital staff.

The public should be aware that this event is only a drill and not a real emergency. However, during the event there likely will be an increased presence of ambulances, medical helicopters and fire and police personnel in the area. Of course, all facilities will remain open to the public and available to accept both emergency and non-patients during the drill. Should a real, large-scale emergency occur during the exercise, the drill immediately will be canceled so staff may respond to the actual emergency.

The drill is one of many exercises required by both state and federal regulators to ensure the highest level of preparedness for patients and the community. The Rusk County Office of Emergency Management and its personnel will help oversee and facilitate the drill.

About UT Health East Texas

UT Health East Texas provides care to thousands of patients each year through an extensive regional network that includes 10 hospitals, more than 50 clinics, the Olympic Plaza Tower, 13 regional rehabilitation facilities, two freestanding emergency centers, regional home health services covering 41 counties, an EMS fleet of more than 50 ambulances and four helicopters, and a comprehensive seven-trauma center care network, including the region’s only Level 1 trauma facility.

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