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Disaster Resource Centers Host Decontamination Exercise

On Thursday, October 13th Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Hospital will conduct a decontamination exercise based on mass casualties due to a chemical agent terrorist attack with approximately 100 number of physicians, staff and personnel.

This is a multi-agency exercise involving the Greater Long Beach Disaster Hospitals along with local community hospitals, LA County Emergency Medical Service Agency and California State University Long Beach. Since the inception of the St. Mary Medical Center Disaster Resource Center in 2003 thousands of first responders and hospital workers have been trained on topics such as: Hazardous material spills, emergency management, Airport drills, port safety, active shooter, workplace violence, chemical weapons, emerging infectious diseases and earthquake. St. Mary Medical Center is a Level 2 trauma center as well as a Disaster Resource Center so it prides itself on training and educating the community about disasters.

Training, education and drills such as this one can save lives because first responders and hospital staff are prepared for disasters- whether natural or man-made.


Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
2801 Atlantic Blvd
Long Beach CA 90806
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Contact at Event

Kathy Dollarhide, Director Disaster Resource Center,
Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center (562) 544-5853

Additional Contacts

Angela Giacobbe – (818) 314-3269                Lysa Barry – (818) 716-7111

About Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center

Founded in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center is a highly-regarded 389-bed, acute care, nonprofit hospital that offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient and related health and wellness services to the greater Long Beach area.  St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of high-quality, compassionate care that brings both healing and humanity to the body, mind and spirit of our patients.  We deliver care to the sick while providing direct services to the underserved and advocate on their behalf.      

Publish date: 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Media Contact

Christina Zicklin, Director of External Communications

p: (310) 922-8522

[email protected]