Mark Munroe, HMCC Region 3 Program Manager, handed out medical supplies to member communities at the Lowell Department of Public Health on Friday, March 10.
As part of the Regional Project for Local Public Health in Region 3, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Events (CBRNE) Seminar was held on Wednesday, March 1 at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. More than 75 people attended the event which was developed by the Region 3 Planners, Sheryl Knustsen, Neia Illingsworth and Elizabeth Peak Louge, as well as three presenters, HMCC Program Manager Mark Munroe, HMCC Program Coordinator Jonathan Brickett and Amesbury Assistant Fire Chief David Mather.
HMCC Region 3
Volume 1, Issue 1 – March 7, 2017
- The Region 3 HMCC announced the approval of the much anticipated 24-7 duty officer plan.
- Region 3 announces the quarterly general meeting to be held on March 14.
- Region 3 hospitals will conduct mass casualty drills in April.
- The EOC committee has begun creating an emergency operations plan to aid its 49 cities and towns, along with the 13 hospitals, in times of regional or statewide emergencies.
Collaboration was the word of the day on February 28 as members of the HMCC worked together to receive surplus shelter and medical supplies. Members of the HMCC staff including program manager Mark Munroe and coordinator Jon Brickett worked with Department of Public Health staff members Jim Richardson and Felicia Balbi to coordinate the effort. A call went out for Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers who responded with personnel from three regional MRC units to off load 10 pallets of supplies. These supplies will be disseminated to organizations throughout the region.
The five disciplines that comprise the HMCC have all requested the surplus medical and shelter supplies. Munroe developed a process to get these much needed supplies and equipment to the entities. The program began last fall when the DPH coordinator was asked to develop a process to get surplus supplies to all six HMCC regions in the Commonwealth. Each region received five pallets of supplies and equipment which will become the property of the HMCC and its disciplines.
A special thanks to Kerin Vigroux, Health Director for the City of Lowell, for allowing the region to use her facility as a drop off point and staging area for the supplies. It is worth noting that this effort was accomplished with no funding and couldn’t have been completed without the partnerships that the HMCC has fostered.
Hospitals to Host Important Seminar
As part of their Region 3 joint project, the hospitals have decided to host a four hour seminar, “Hospital Response in All Hazardous Situations.”
The seminar will be held on May 2 at the Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and presentations will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. A continental breakfast will be served.
The event will feature guest speakers from New Jersey and Louisiana who will detail their hospital experiences as they dealt with Hurricane Sandy and the 100 Year Flood. They will discuss lessons learned and changes made to their emergency operations plan as they worked through their response efforts.
Registration will be limited to hospital personnel with a limited number of seats available to other disciplines.
HICS: Response to Emergencies in Healthcare Facilities
Tuesday, March 14 at 1 p.m.
Baystate Health Systems Conference Center, 361 Whitney Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040
How to Perform Respiratory Fit Testing
Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m.
Lowell General Hospital, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854
Seminar: Hospital Response in All Hazardous Situations
Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 a.m.
Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane
Functional Exercise: Disease Surveillance/Medical Countermeasures Exercise
May 16, 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more events and updates, visit the HMCC Events Calendar.
Region 3 Health and Medical Coordinating Coalition
125 Amesbury St.
Lawrence, MA 01840
The Region 3 Health and Medical Coordination Coalition (HMCC) was formed in 2015 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. Staff are funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s members comprise of five disciplines which include local health, hospitals, EMS, long term care, and community health centers.
Its mission is to advance the preparedness activities of 49 cities and towns in Northeastern Massachusetts with a population of 1.2 million residents.More
On February 28, staff from OPEM along with the Region 3 HMCC staff, Lowell Health Department staff, and volunteers from the Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps who assisted the Barrett Warehouse in offloading medical/shelter supplies for the Region.
The Region 3 HMCC BOG held a vote at their quarterly meeting on Feb. 28 and have voted Karen Riley from LTC as the new Chairman and Bill Klag from Hospitals as the Vice Chair.
The Board also welcomed Brian LaGrasse and Frank Giacalone to the board as representatives for LPH. The Board would like to thank Wes Russel for all his time as Chairman and wish him the best of luck in his new position as Fire Chief in Tyngsboro!More