WAILUKU – Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) participated in last week’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) training exercise that was conducted statewide and included the participation of 22 nations, 40 ships, six submarines, hundreds of aircrafts and over 25,000 personnel. MMMC took part in the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) component of RIMPAC, which included the movement of over 160 simulated casualties by army helicopter and hospital bus to 19 hospitals on five islands. This week’s edition of Maui TV News features video of the Maui exercise.
Of the 160 simulated casualties, twelve “patient” actors were transported from Ford Island on Oahu to MMMC last Friday, July 11, in two Black Hawk helicopters initiating their medical surge/ mass casualty plan . Some of the “patients” involved in the medical decompression scenario included MMMC’s community partners Maui County Civil Defense, Maui District Health Office and the American Medical Response ambulance service.
“We were excited to be part of RIMPAC again this year,” said Wes Lo, MMMC Chief Executive Officer. It was an important exercise for us to test and improve our readiness for a large scale or statewide disaster. Our team worked in conjunction with the Healthcare Association of Hawaii Emergency Services (HAH) and the Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) to be a part of this exercise.”
The HADR was managed jointly by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH) and Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) to provide an opportunity to collectively enhance a hurricane disaster preparedness scenario for government and private sector agencies statewide.
RIMPAC is the largest international maritime warfare exercise. It is used for training purposes to ensure safety and security on the world’s oceans in the event of a conflict at sea. It is hosted and administered by the United States Navy’s Pacific Command and held in Hawaiian waters June through July on even-numbered years.
Maui Memorial Medical Center is Maui’s only full-service, acute medical care facility. Located in central Maui in Wailuku, the center has 1,400 employees, is licensed for213 acute care beds, and provides comprehensive healthcare for Maui County, including Lanai and Molokai. MMMC is the only hospital outside of Oahu also providing a full range of cardiac services, including open-heart surgery and angioplasty. For more information about MMMC, visit www.mauimemorialmedical.org.