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Oswego Health Holds Successful Radiation Drill

Submitted by Oswego Health

In the photo taken during the drill from the left were Oswego Hospital participants that included David O’Brien, MD., Kim Baker, RN., and Ryan Fleming, RN. In the background is Dan Maniccia, of Entergy Nuclear.
In the photo taken during the drill from the left were Oswego Hospital participants that included David O’Brien, MD., Kim Baker, RN., and Ryan Fleming, RN. In the background is Dan Maniccia, of Entergy Nuclear.

The participants in the recent radiation drill held at the Oswego Hospital were praised for their effectiveness in treating a ‘victim’ who had been brought to the hospital’s emergency department after being contaminated with radiological material at a nearby nuclear power plant.

Oswego Hospital holds a radiation training drill each year with officials from local nuclear power plants, first responders and various emergency management agencies. This year’s drill was observed by officials from the Oswego County Emergency Management Office.

The hospital staff, along with the other agencies involved in the drill were commended on their communication. “Good communication makes a good drill,” said Gil Cosnett, medical preparedness program coordinator for Tetra Tech. Cosnett observed the drill and provided input at a review session held after the drill. “The hospital staff and those at the nuclear plant site successfully demonstrated their abilities to manage a worker who had been contaminated and injured as part of the drill scenario.”

The Oswego Healthcare System is a not-for-profit organization and includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.