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Hospital safety drill receives unexpected support

Every hospital, EMS service, fire department and law enforcement agency routinely goes through surprise safety drills to make safety procedures second nature among the staff.

Just recently, Parkview LaGrange Hospital conducted a drill. The overhead alarm sounded and the operator announced a possible child abduction (adding that this was a drill). All available staff went to their assigned locations, prepared to follow the standard procedures for such a scenario, and reassured any members of the public nearby about what was happening and why.

As Mary Lou Prough, a frequent visitor to the hospital’s cafeteria, heard this was a drill about a child abduction, she shared with the staff that she had ridden down on the elevator with a young boy about 8-9 years old, who then went into the restroom. As she began to describe him, the overhead page came back with a description that closely matched the boy Prough had seen. Staff went to let the organizers know of the boy and where he’d been seen – a check of the restroom found him, safe and sound.

Parkview LaGrange’s police and safety staff congratulated Prough on her powers of observation and how quickly she had shared the information with staff. “Had this been a real event,” said safety coordinator, Jeremy Hoover, “your information could have been essential to keeping a child from harm.”