Indiana Guard Reserve Columbus Regional Hospital Incident 13 - 21 June 2008. COL Hayes, LTC Bastain and MAJ Grigdesby. Background and Purpose.
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COL Hayes, LTC Bastain and MAJ Grigdesby
The mission of the Indiana Guard Reserve is to maintain, organize, and train military forces capable of timely and effective response; in support of orders from the Governor under all conditions prescribed by the civil statutes of Indiana; to provide military assistance to civil authorities under conditions of disaster or emergency and to assume the state's responsibilities of the Indiana National Guard upon their mobilization into federal military service. The mission was expanded after 9/11/01 to include care and counseling for family members of the Indiana National Guard once they are federalized.
Martha Myers: Your COL Pridgen made the request through the Bartholomew County EOC. I don’t know who had called the Marines and National Guard when they arrived on the scene June 7th.If he had not been in the right place at the right time, we probably would not have known to ask for the IGR. You need to get the word out on the process to activate the IGR.
Martha Myers: The National Guard established its command post under a tent immediately opposite the ER entrance, which became the location for Hospital Security. We had no common radio communications with the National Guard, but we did meet with them daily.I thought the IGR’s transition with the National Guard went well. You had an opportunity to do a joint walk-through with them. And, you brought radios that allowed Hospital Security, the Indiana State Police and the IGR to all participate on the same radio network.You might consider adding one or two IGR MEMS trained individuals to the National Guard first responders to facilitate your transition with them and to provide them any other help.I would recommend that you all develop a checklist of things you require for logistical support. We had assets we made available to you for use later than we should have (the on-call surgeon’s residence, clean towels, surgical masks and latex gloves, etc.)
Martha Myers: Your ability to be here from June 13th through the 21st allowed us time to get organized for our own recovery. We had disaster plans, but the extent of this disaster was far greater than anything we had imagined.The IGR will be replaced with our best employees. HR has been vetting our employee pool to find the best, most trustworthy people to replace you. You are already aware of the dollar value of the items salvaged so far. There’s much more still inside. I think this gives you some idea of how valuable the IGR has been to Columbus Regional Hospital in this crisis.