Clinical staff at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) will participate in two days of Active Shooter Response Training scheduled for May 24-25.
Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System said the Active Shooter Response Training was not precipitated by threats or suspicious activity within the hospital campus, but is what he termed “proactive training.”
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that Active Shooter incidents have doubled during the past seven years, resulting in more than 500 deaths and approximately the same number of seriously injured,” Johnson said. “Hospitals and healthcare facilities have not been immune from terroristic attacks during this period of time.”
Johnson said the training is designed to prepare HRMC staff for active shooter situations by providing information on how these incidents occur.
“We will review prevention strategies, preparedness, and how to best respond if an active shooter incident occurs,” Johnson said. “Trainees will have an opportunity to participate in role playing situations.”
The Hutchinson Police Department will assist the HRMC Security staff with the training. Three police officers will be on site at all times during the two day training event.
The training runs 7 a.m.-5 p.m., May 24-25 with a break over the noon hour. It is not open to the public.
“Should anyone hear what seems like extra noise coming from the third floor of the hospital during those days, it may be the result of the training, but it is our intent to have the least amount of disruption possible,” Johnson said.
“Safety is a part of our mission as healthcare organizations deal with threats of violence or actions intended to disrupt our day-to-day operations,” Johnson said. “Active Shooter Response Training is a major step forward to prepare HRMC clinical staff for those incidents that we hope never happen.”
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is an entity of Hutchinson Healthcare System. Other entities are Health-E-Quip, Horizons Mental Health Center, Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County and Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation.