Eleven Castleview Hospital leaders recently completed homeland security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.
The group included the CEO, clinical and ancillary managers and a house supervisor who were trained in Healthcare Leadership Emergency Decision Making.
The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.
Castleview Hospital is working with the Utah State Department of Health and the Center for Disaster Preparedness to obtain training for all it's leaders.
In 2009 healthcare leaders will attend additional classes in healthcare leadership emergency decision making, hazardous materials and decontamination training, preparation for the pandemic flu epidemic and management of an incident command center. Castleview Hospital also participates in training available at the state and local levels.
All who attended felt this training was absolutely the best hands on training in a simulated hospital environment. The training also afforded an opportunity to network with healthcare leaders from across the nation and share experiences.
The CDP provides federally-funded, interdisciplinary training for emergency responders from across the United States and U.S. Territories, for 10 responder disciplines: emergency management, emergency medical service, fire service, governmental administrative, hazardous materials, healthcare, law enforcement, public health, public safety communications and public works.
Healthcare and public health training is conducted at the CDP's Noble Training Facility, the nation's only hospital facility dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
Many training courses culminate at the CDP's chemical, ordnance, biological and radiological training facility, the nation's only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment, using chemical agents.
The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.
Responders attending CDP training are selected from the nation's 11 million emergency responders. Training at the CDP ensures that responders gain critical skills and confidence to be better prepared to effectively respond to local incidents or potential WMD incidents.
Additional information about CDP training programs can be found at http://cdp.dhs.gov.