Lamar County Emergency Coalition conducts disaster emergency drill

Lamar County Emergency Coalition conducts disaster emergency drill

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a press release from Wesley Medical Center:

Hattiesburg, MS – The Lamar County Emergency Coalition conducted a disaster drill today designed to help local emergency response agencies with their response during real emergencies.

Representatives from Wesley Medical Center, the Mississippi Department of Health, Forrest County Emergency Operations Center, the Lamar County Sheriff's Department, Lamar County Emergency Management Agency and the US Army Civil Support Team participated in the drill which centered on a scenario with multiple disasters, including a tornado and train derailment. The drill began at Optimist Park in Oak Grove, where ambulance services transported 15 proxy patients with varying conditions to Wesley Medical Center for triage and treatment.

Co-founded by Wesley Medical Center's Emergency Department Director, Dixie Norris and Wesley's Environment of Care Chairman, Judy Gill, the team serves to continually improve local disaster response and joint efforts between all agencies in the event of an actual disaster.

About Wesley Medical Center

Wesley Medical Center is committed to providing superior care to the Pine Belt and has been recognized for patient safety and top performance on key quality measures. Wesley is the area's first and only accredited Chest Pain Center and is the only area hospital to be accredited for Heart Failure care. For more information, call 601-268-8000 or visit