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Entergy, Hudson Valley Hospital Conduct Emergency Drill

Hudson Valley Hospital workers treat a 'patient' during a recent drill with Entergy workers.
Hudson Valley Hospital workers treat a 'patient' during a recent drill with Entergy workers. Photo Credit:

CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- Hudson Valley Hospital Center and Entergy conducted an emergency training drill Friday, Sepy. 19, to ensure the safety of Indian Point workers who might be exposed to radiation while on the job.

The annual exercise helps train hospital staff on how to receive, treat and decontaminate patients who may have been exposed to radiation. In the event of an accident, Entergy workers would likely be brought to HVHC since it is the closest hospital to Indian Point, which is in Buchanan.  Members of the staff at the hospital in Cortlandt Manor – nurses, physicians, members of the radiology, security, and housekeeping staffs – as well as members of Entergy’s Radiation Protection team, and local EMS agencies participated in the drill. In the mock scenario, an Indian Point employee was brought to the hospital's Emergency Department after falling ill and being exposed to radiation. Charlie Eisenstadt, industrial safety coordinator at Indian Point, said in the mock incident a worker was in the containment area of Unit III at Indian Point when he became dizzy, sweaty and nauseous and decided to lie down and became exposed to radiation. He was then transported by ambulance and had a heart attack on the way to Hudson Valley Hospital Center. During the mock incident, the worker was brought to the hospital’s wash down room where he was checked for radiation and treated by staff in protective gear. Donna Rosenberg, clinical nurse manager of the Emergency Department at HVHC, said the hospital conducts these drills with Entergy annually to practice proper protocol and be prepared in the event of a real emergency.

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