Conway Medical Center to conduct radiation drill Thursday

akelley@thesunnews.comOctober 2, 2013 

Conway Medical Center will conduct a radiation decontamination drill Thursday morning, said Julie Rajotte, marketing director for the hospital.

The drill will start at about 8:45 a.m. and is expected to conclude about 11:30 a.m. Normal hospital operations will not be interrupted during the drill which is designed to evaluate the hospital’s response to a hazardous situation.

The scenario in the drill involves a fire near a Coastal Carolina University science building in the Atlantic Center Industrial park with a beta radiation source. The radiation leak contaminates 35 students and traffic is heavy on both S.C. 544 and U.S. 501 due to the bike rally.

Multiple agencies will participate including Coastal Carolina University, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Conway police, Conway Fire Department, S.C. Highway Patrol, Horry County police, Horry County Fire Rescue, McLeod Loris Hospital, McLeod Seacoast Hospital, McLeod Florence hazmat team, McLeod Dillon hazmat team, Loris police, North Myrtle Beach police, S.C. WMD Civil Support Team and S.C. Emergency Management.

Conway Medical Center is required to evaluate its response to a variety of emergency situations throughout the year with drills.

This drill is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the 800 MHz radio, eNet Messenger and CMC Intranet communication systems; evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of our incident command management system; determine success in preventing contamination to campus, buildings and people; and evaluate how quickly and effective the field operations are for campus lockdown, triage, decon and patient processing.

For more information, contact Rajotte at 347-8070 or Martha Hunn, CCU’s director of news and public affairs, at 349-2962.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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