Run. Hide. Fight. training presented to WMC staff, providers
Like many organizations in the area and, likely, across the country, leaders are looking for ways to better prepare should a violent intruder strike in our communities. For this reason, Winneshiek Medical Center reached out to local experts for support to teach Run. Hide. Fight.
Mary Sender, RN, who recently retired from Winneshiek Medical Center after serving for 36 years, returned to work solely on enhancing Winneshiek Medical Center’s emergency preparedness plan. She says, “Unfortunately, in today’s world, we need to be prepared for more than weather-related emergencies or large-scale accidents. We regularly hear news of violent intruders, and felt the need to provide training to staff in response to this risk.”
As a county-owned facility, Winneshiek Medical Center engaged Winneshiek County Emergency Management Coordinator Sean Snyder, Sheriff Dan Marx and Chief Deputy Jeff Berns to teach the Department of Homeland Security’s approved course called “Run. Hide. Fight.” With over 500 staff to reach, the mandatory training was carried out in six different sessions held throughout March. “I applaud the medical center for taking a pro-active and realistic approach to safety,” said Sheriff Marx. “Each organization understands their functions, facility lay-out and responsibilities. Our approach with Run. Hide. Fight. is two-fold: to provide organizations with basic planning considerations and response options, and to create a mutual understanding between the public and law enforcement. Staff know how law enforcement will respond and we know how they have been trained.”
Lisa Radtke, chief administrative officer, Winneshiek Medical Center said, “I deeply appreciate our partnership with Winneshiek County and their willingness to provide this service to our staff and providers. Patient and staff safety is of the utmost importance at Winneshiek Medical Center, and although one can never be fully ready for safety events, we can be prepared to respond, and guide our patients’ response as well.”