Training Exercise at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital will participate in a mass rescue operation as part of a full-scale training exercise on Wednesday, May 18.

The scenario of this exercise takes place in Bar Harbor as two tenders from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line collide in the fog causing people to be thrown in the water. (Note: no actual victims will be placed in the water) This training exercise includes the Mount Desert Island Hospital, Eastern Maine Medical Center, US Coast Guard, Hancock Emergency Management Agency, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Acadia National Park, MDI Public Safety Agencies, US Customs and Border Patrol, Warden Service, Red Cross and Regional Medical Resources.

As the patients are evaluated in Bar Harbor, twenty will be transported to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.

Maine Coast Memorial Hospital wishes to inform the public that the hospital will be open for normal patient care and stress that this is a training exercise with no actual injuries. The twenty transferred patients will be volunteers who have been made up to look injured. Therefore, although it will look real, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital wants the public to know this is a training exercise.

Questions in advance of the exercise may be directed to Jane Sanderson in the Public Relations Office of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital at 664-5337.

We appreciate the public’s interest and cooperation in this exercise.

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