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For Immediate Release:
April 23, 2013

Southcoast employees trained for emergency preparedness, complete U.S. Homeland Security training in Alabama

Pictured from left to right; Randy Tripp, Tracey Reynolds, RN, Robert McGanty, Carme Tripp, Jeanne Ulmer, RN, Patricia Giramma, Loretta Winde, RN, and Robert Caldas, DO.

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. —Southcoast™ Health System is proud to recognize the eight employees who have most recently completed the Healthcare Leadership & Administrative Decision Making Course. This course is provided and fully funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).

The Noble Army Hospital in Anniston, Ala., was converted in 1998 into a training site for health and medical education in terrorism, manmade and natural disasters. The National Training Facility (NTF) is the only hospital facility in the U.S. dedicated to training hospital and health care professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

Over the last several years, Southcoast has sent more than 100 employees to the NTF to receive advanced hands-on training by the country's top-leaders in disaster preparedness. This specialized training program teaches participants how to prevent, respond to and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous events. The four-day training includes two days of lectures and tabletop drills and two days of functional exercises that take place in a simulated hospital environment.

CDP training ensures that Southcoast employees possess the critical skills and the confidence necessary to effectively respond to local incidents following National Incident Management System (NIMS) protocols. Having knowledge of these protocols ensures that the Southcoast team will operate seamlessly, efficiently, and in tandem with emergency medical services, first responders, and all state and federal agencies in the event of a disaster.

The following Southcoast employees have completed Homeland Security training:

Listed by the employees' primary hospital site and in alphabetical order

Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River

Tracey Reynolds, RN
Manager, Emergency Department
Resides in Tiverton, R.I.

St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford

Randy Tripp
Director of Business Operations
Resides in Marion

Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care

Carme Tripp
Director of Oncology Nursing
Resides in Marion

Southcoast Hospitals Group

Robert Caldas, DO
Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Resides in Mattapoisett

Southcoast Health System

Patricia Giramma
Publications & Special Projects Editor
Resides in Providence, R.I.

Southcoast Visiting Nurses Association

Loretta Winde, RN
Director of Quality
Resides in Warwick, R.I.

Tobey Hospital in Wareham

Robert McGanty
Medication Reconciliation Technician for the Emergency Department
Resides in Plymouth

Jeanne Ulmer, RN
Clinical Leader for the Emergency Department
Resides in Plymouth

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Stephanie Poyant
Public Information Officer

Southcoast Health System is a community based health delivery system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and East Bay, Rhode Island.

It includes the three hospitals that make up Southcoast Hospitals Group — Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Tobey Hospital in Wareham.

Southcoast provides advanced clinical services, such as open heart surgery, angioplasty and heart rhythm services, comprehensive cancer care, neurosurgery, weight loss surgery, orthopedic surgery, advanced imaging services and is the only provider of maternity services in the region.

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