PEI and the Ontario Hospital Association Partner for Emergency Planning



    CHARLOTTETOWN, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - From Sunday, September 13 through Friday,
September 18, 2009, health care professionals from across Prince Edward
Island, will gather together to discuss best practices and strategies for
managing emergency situations.
    For the past two years, the PEI Department of Health has worked closely
with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to present educational courses on
effective emergency planning for health care organizations. This year, as
hospitals, public health units and other health care providers prepare for
H1N1 influenza this fall, this course is especially timely.
    The course entitled, "Incident Management Systems (IMS) for Health Care
Facilities," teaches standardized approaches for responding to large scale
emergencies. While previous courses in PEI have been geared toward senior
health care administrators, this year's session broadens the course's lessons
to frontline staff in hospitals, long-term care homes, and other community
services, thereby extending the province's preparedness to all areas of the
health care system.
    "Since 2003, when SARS put many countries' health care systems to the
test, organizations across Canada and the U.S. have been using IMS to help
them plan for and respond to emergencies," said Tom Closson, President and CEO
of the OHA.
    IMS is the North American standard for managing emerging incidents of any
nature and is considered essential to ensuring an effective and coordinated,
multi-agency response during an emergency situation. Participants at this
year's course include leaders from the continuing care, community hospital,
primary care, and public health sectors. This cross-sector participation will
help ensure that PEI has a solid foundation of effective emergency
preparedness.
    "The OHA's IMS courses have been very successful in both Ontario and PEI,
and we are thrilled to be returning for a third year, helping the province
prepare for large-scale emergencies," Closson added.
    Three two-day courses will take place from September 13 - 18, 2009 from
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day at the National Bank Building (134 Kent St.)
in Charlottetown.

    The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is the voice of Ontario's public
hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships
to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care system for all
Ontarians.




For further information:

For further information: OHA Public Affairs at (416) 205-1433 or
aouellette@oha.com


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