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Local Hospitals Partner with Community Agencies in Mock Decontamination Drill

September 26, 2017

Stacey Lyon, RN, receives assistance from Lauren Anderson while suiting up for a mock decontamination drill on Sept. 26. (Jeanne Meierer/CCMH)

CARROLLTON, Mo. – On Sept. 26, 2017, Carroll County Memorial Hospital and Ray County Memorial Hospital collaborated with critical community agencies to conduct a mock decontamination drill. Emergency drills are conducted locally to ensure emergency service personnel are prepared at all times to carry out disaster plans and hone the skills needed to adapt when necessary.

Partner agencies included Carroll County Ambulance District, Carroll County Sherriff’s Department, Carrollton Fire Department, CCMH Home Health Department, CCMH Jefferson Medical Group, Life Care Center of Carrollton, and the local Amateur Radio Group.

“Through cooperation and collaboration, these essential agencies will be able to maintain an integrated response during a disaster or emergency situation,” said Cindy Gilman, CCMH Director of Quality. “Each team carried out their designated role and provided important feedback at the end of the event to identify strengths and areas for potential growth.”

“As a new employee of Carroll County Memorial Hospital, it was reassuring to see how seriously the emergency professionals in this community take their responsibility to be prepared,” said Rachel Davidson, a drill participant.

September was National Preparedness Month with a focus on planning and a theme of “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

If you would like to learn more about preparing your family for disasters at home or in the community, you can find detailed information at or follow the link on the Carroll County Memorial Hospital Facebook page.

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.