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Tift Regional prepared for mass shooting

“Hospitals like Tift Regional Medical Center recognize the need to be prepared for mass shooting events," said Eddie Senkbeil, Tift Regional Health System’s Emergency Management Coordinator. “Our team knows how to respond because of mass shooting and disaster planning drills that take place at our facility on a regular basis. Hospitals like ours have also learned a lot from Orlando Regional Medical Center, which treated the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Central Florida last year.” / Photo:  WFXL File

FOX 31 reached out to Tift Regional Medical Center on Monday about how they would be prepared for a mass shooting incident.

“Hospitals like Tift Regional Medical Center recognize the need to be prepared for mass shooting events," said Eddie Senkbeil, Tift Regional Health System’s Emergency Management Coordinator. “Our team knows how to respond because of mass shooting and disaster planning drills that take place at our facility on a regular basis. Hospitals like ours have also learned a lot from Orlando Regional Medical Center, which treated the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Central Florida last year.”

“In such a situation, we activate an incident command center at Tift Regional Medical Center to direct all activities and coordinate the flow of information. It is an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ response that requires all available physicians, surgeons and nurses to be brought into the hospital and be prepared to treat patients within minutes. To assist with overflow, we coordinate closely with other hospitals in our region through our emergency management communication system.”

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