Ontario Hospital Association Brings Emergency Planning Lessons to PEI



    CHARLOTTETOWN, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - Over the next three days, a number of
Prince Edward Island's senior health care administrators and Department of
Health officials will gather to learn about the Incident Management System
(IMS) for Health Care Facilities.
    IMS is a recognized North American standard essential for managing
emerging incidents of any nature. The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), in
conjunction with PEI's Department of Health, is hosting a high-demand course
on IMS for Health Care Facilities in PEI to encourage standardized
communication and approaches to health care emergencies across the country.
    "Considering the events of September 11, 2001, the appearance of SARS in
Canada in March, 2003, and the warnings of a looming pandemic, health care
providers must be prepared to deal with large scale emergencies in ways
they've never had to before," explains Hilary Short, President and CEO of the
OHA.
    "The OHA is pleased to offer such timely and effective courses that will
significantly assist hospitals and other health care providers in the
development and operation of emergency management planning procedures within
their organizations. We have had a lot of success offering courses like this
in Ontario and in other provinces, and we are happy to share lessons we've
learned with health providers in PEI."
    The course's participants are some of PEI's most influential health care
professionals. Representatives from community hospitals, long-term care homes
and the Department of Health will learn about the basics of emergency planning
and work through guided tabletop exercises with IMS and emergency planning
experts.
    In the United States and Canada, IMS is used extensively in the fire
service and increasingly so by police and emergency medical services. IMS is
essential if a coordinated, multi-agency response is to be effective in an
emergency situation.
    The IMS for Health Care Facilities course takes place November 26-28 at
134 Kent Street, 6th Floor, National Bank Building, Charlottetown from
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. each day.

    The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is a major public voice in health
care. The OHA advocates on behalf of its members for a sustainable system that
meets patient care needs; provides leadership through health system research
and development, as well as education that serves to help shape the future of
health care. The Association provides services to members that support
integration and contribute to the overall quality and efficiency of the health
care system.





For further information:

For further information: Bob Houlden, Director, Educational Services and
Governance Programs, OHA, (416) 205-1363 (Business), (416) 275-9862 (Cell),
bhoulden@oha.com; or Amy Ouellette, Public Affairs Specialist, OHA, (416)
205-1433, aouellette@oha.com


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