Osceola Regional Medical Center and its free-standing emergency department, Hunter's Creek ER, participated in full-scale disaster preparedness exercises at their facilities today. Sponsored by the Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition, the events were in partnership with emergency response personnel and law enforcement, and included nearly 100 local students who volunteered to act as victims.

With the goal of preparing the community for a catastrophic incident, the drills simulated multiple casualty events and/or attacks. Tracy R. Bilski, MD, Trauma Medical Director at Osceola Regional Medical Center, oversaw the trauma team - which received as many as twenty-five trauma alerts during the four-hour exercise.

"During a crisis, we know every second counts, and as an indispensable and dedicated community resource we were honored to host this drill," Bilski said. "At the Level II Trauma Center at Osceola Regional Medical Center, our staff is specially trained to provide advanced medical treatment and trauma care, so critically injured patients have immediate, lifesaving care within minutes of being wounded."

"Not only did the drill strengthen our staff's responses in the event of a large-scale emergency, it also reinforced the collaboration of the hospital with extended agencies such as police, fire, EMS and the County Office of Emergency Management, which is a key part of a successful response," said Davide Carbone, CEO of Osceola Regional Medical Center. "Practicing preparedness is critical training for our team."

Both Osceola Regional Medical Center and Hunter's Creek ER remained open and fully operational during the drills. Similar exercises were scheduled to take place at hospitals in Volusia, Seminole, Lake, Orange, Brevard, St. Lucie and Martin counties.

About Osceola Regional Medical Center

Osceola Regional Medical Center is a Joint Commission accredited 404-bed tertiary hospital and a designated Level II Trauma Center. The hospital is a teaching hospital in collaboration with UCF College of Medicine and offers the highest level of care in heart and stroke care in Osceola County at the Heart and Vascular Institute and the Comprehensive Stroke Center, respectively. Other only-in-the-county services include: Pediatric Inpatient, Pediatric Intensive Care and the highest level of Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU Level III) in affiliation with Nemours Children's Health System; Pediatric ER; Acute Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation; and Inpatient Behavioral Health.

Osceola Regional also provides Robotic Surgery in General Surgery, Spine, Orthopedic, Gynecological, Urology and Oncology. 24/7 emergency services include Accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), and two free-standing emergency rooms: Hunter's Creek ER (South Orlando) and Millenia ER (opening in 2019).

In addition to the maternity program at the Baby Suites and nursery with Nemours, the hospital has outpatient services such as the Osceola Imaging and Breast Center, Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, Kissimmee Physical Therapy Center, Kissimmee Surgery Center and counseling center.

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