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Mt. Shasta, CA. - August 26, 2019 - Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta recently acquired a new disaster preparedness trailer. The previous decontamination trailer was stolen from the hospital parking lot March 28, 2017.
With grant funds through the Hospital Preparedness Program, the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services provided Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta with a new trailer and decontamination supplies. The new trailer is now ready to deploy in the event of a disaster. The mobile unit is equipped with tents, decontamination showers, Tyvek suits, stretchers, air filtration systems, generator and other supplies necessary to respond to disaster.
“We are planning an exercise where this equipment will be necessary. This exercise will be a good tool to find out exactly what we need in the trailer,” said Billy Gansel, Director of Plant Operations.
The effort to fully stock the trailer with supplies will remain a priority for Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta.
“If you don’t have your equipment ready or your team ready, you’re just setting up yourself for failure. Mercy would never ask our highly skilled caregivers to go into harm’s way without providing them with the equipment that they need to be safe,” said Brian Shirley, Respiratory Therapist.
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Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta are Dignity Health North State hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn. The hospitals are passionate about patient care, committed to community outreach, advocates for the underserved, and dedicated to delivering quality, affordable health services to those in need. In 2018, the Dignity Health North State Hospitals cared for more than 90,000 people and provided more than $21 million in community benefit to the region we serve. The hospitals also offer a broad array of outpatient services and the senior services of Connected Living. Visit www.mercy.org to learn more.