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September 22, 2018

Staff from Across the St. Luke Healthcare Campus Complete Emergency Preparedness, Safety Training


OSWEGO, NY – September is National Preparedness Month and staff at St. Luke Health Services, St. Francis Commons and Bishop’s Commons recently completed annual emergency and safety training exercises across the healthcare campus. Russell Phillips & Associates, a Rochester-based consulting firm with expertise in fire and disaster preparation and prevention provided the training.

St. Luke Health Services Nurse Manager Jackie Winterhalt (standing) practices extinguishing a controlled lap fire with Fire and Emergency Management Consultant Jon Taluba (seated), from Russell Phillips and Associates. The exercise was a part of an emergency preparedness and safety training program conducted annually with staff at all three facilities located on the St. Luke healthcare campus in Oswego.

St. Luke Health Services Nurse Manager Jackie Winterhalt (standing) practices extinguishing a controlled lap fire with Fire and Emergency Management Consultant Jon Taluba (seated), from Russell Phillips and Associates. The exercise was a part of an emergency preparedness and safety training program conducted annually with staff at all three facilities located on the St. Luke healthcare campus in Oswego.

The instructional curriculum for staff consisted of fire suppression and evacuation techniques, effective disaster response and a review of procedures for addressing potential emergencies that may be encountered in our area.

Some of the exercises conducted were hands-on drills for staff, including fire suppression, bed evacuations and building evacuations.

“The safety of our residents and staff remains the most important priority at each and every residence on our healthcare campus,” said Greg Osetek, director of community relations. “The emergency preparedness training staff took part in covered situations that we never hope to encounter, but that we regularly practice and prepare for. Ultimately, we believe our residents and their families appreciate our diligence as an organization in this area. This training is just one piece of staff education or exercises that takes place year-round in our effort to maintain a safe environment for everyone.”

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