San Jose, CA-May 16, 2016-As a kick-off to EMS Week activities, Regional Medical Center of San Jose, a Level II Trauma Center, hosted a mass casualty drill on the hospital campus. The drill involved a dramatization of an EMS/hospital response if a bomb exploded on Regional’s campus.  The simulated scene included a command tent, triage by a hospital disaster team (students), mock casualties, ICU evacuation, and Jaws of Life.

Regional’s ED physician, Dr. Stephen Beckwith taught a mass casualty class to paramedics, EMT’s, and nurses. Dr. Beckwith was the Medical Director at a nearby hospital during the 2009 Ft. Hood shootings where a military gunman killed 13 and wounded another 29.   He discussed his learnings from that event.

In the drill scenario, a suspicious package was spotted in the ICU, forcing the evacuation of patients to the parking lot. All evacuees were in the parking lot where a secondary bomb deployed in the dramatization.  A code was activated and Santa Clara County EMS, SJPD Bomb Squad, SJFD Rural Metro Ambulance, and Protransport all responded to assist in evacuating victims that were triaged by the hospital disaster team (students).

Regional’s Trauma Center treats more than 2,500 patients a year and has a unique partnership with all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to deliver the best care to patients. The partnership, called ONE TEAM consists of Santa Clara County first responders, including Police, Fire, Ambulance (air & ground) and Military. In recognition of EMS Week and the lives first responders save every day, Regional is providing emergency response continuing education (CE) classes to ONE TEAM each day next week.

About Regional Medical Center of San Jose

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Level II Trauma Center staffed by in-house specialists 24/7/365.  The hospital provides a host of technologically-advanced services including Cardiovascular, Neuro, Orthopedic, Bariatric and General Surgery, Interventional Pulmonology, along with multi-organ Cancer Care, and services for Women and Children.  Regional holds Joint Commission advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and a Get with the Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is a certified Chest Pain Center, Certified Atrial Fibrillation Program, county-designated STEMI (heart attack) receiving center, and an ACoS accredited Community Cancer Center. Regional is a recipient of Healthgrades 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. It is recognized by the Joint Commission as a 2011, 2012, 2013 Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures™. The hospital has also been recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Healthgrades as a top performing hospital, and is home to the San Jose Institute for Robotic Surgery. For more information, visit:

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