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SwedishAmerican Hospital to Hold Active Shooter Exercise in Partnership with Local Agencies

September 16, 2013

SwedishAmerican Hospital will hold an Active Shooter Exercise within the concourse adjacent to its East State Street entrance on Thursday, September 19 from 9-11 AM. In addition to hospital personnel, exercise participants will include the Rockford Police Department, Rockford Fire Department, Rockford Public Schools District 205, the Winnebago County Coroner and local media outlets.

The purpose of the exercise is to assess the hospital's response to a potential terrorism incident involving an armed individual. The exercise will establish a learning environment for players to exercise related emergency response plans, policies, and procedures. Real weapons will NOT be used during the exercise.

No public access will be available to the hospital via the East State Street entrance from 9:00-9:15 AM during the exercise.

Access to the following areas will be impacted:

•Preadmission Testing
•Infusion Rooms
•Ambulatory Care
•Outpatient Registration

Patients and visitors should access the hospital via the Heart Hospital entrance on Charles and 10th Streets during the exercise. Hospital personnel will be available to assist and reroute guests to the appropriate entrance as needed.
Questions regarding the exercise may be directed to Steven M. Kirschbaum, lead planner/exercise director, by calling (815) 489-6085.

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, and a foundation. Through an exclusive affiliation with UW Health, SwedishAmerican will soon expand world-class cancer services across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin when it opens a new cancer center in October 2013.

For further information, contact:
Paul Greenland

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