PEI Looks to the Ontario Hospital Association for Emergency Planning

    CHARLOTTETOWN, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Over the next week, a number of senior
health care administrators will gather to learn about best practices and
strategies for managing emergency situations.
    Together, the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and Prince Edward
Island's (PEI) Department of Health are hosting important, in demand courses
on Incident Management Systems (IMS) for Health Care Facilities. The courses,
taking place in Charlottetown and in Summerside, will encourage standardized
approaches for responding to large scale emergencies.
    This session is geared toward senior health care administrators,
extending the province's preparedness to address the needs of PEI's health
care organizations and follows a similar program that ran last year for
officials from the Department of Health.
    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. IMS is the North American standard
for managing emerging incidents of any nature.
    "The OHA's IMS courses have been very successful in Ontario, and we are
thrilled to work with Prince Edward Island's senior leaders to bring such
important education and best practices to other hospitals and to help them
develop their emergency planning procedures, says Tom Closson, President and
CEO of the OHA.
    IMS is essential to ensuring an effective and coordinated, multi-agency
response during an emergency situation. Participants at this year's courses
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.
    Two IMS for Health Care Facilities courses are taking place next week.
The first session is scheduled for October 26 - 28, 2008 at Rodd Hotel, 75
King St., Charlottetown, PEI from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. The second
course will be held October 29 - 31, 2008 at Lakeview Loyalist Resort, 195
Harbour Drive, Summerside, PEI also from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

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