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Metro Health Secures Federal Grant

March 5, 2007

Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 5, 2007 –
Metro Health has secured a federal grant to host community-wide
emergency training for Kent County.

More than 60 agencies from Grand Rapids and surrounding communities
participated in the planning exercise last week. The exercise, which
tested the organizations’ response to an outbreak of pandemic flu, was
funded in part by dollars Metro Health secured from the Department of
Homeland Security.

The tabletop exercise simulated a terrorist attack using agents
infected with the flu and turned loose on West Michigan. Hospitals,
pharmacies, government officials and community organizations gathered
at Metro Health for six hours of role playing to resolve the crisis.
The exercise was the first of several that Metro and other
organizations plan to hold during 2007.

"As a community health-care leader, Metro Health recognizes the
importance of emergency preparedness," said Mike Faas, president and
CEO of Metro Health. "We are very pleased to have secured federal
dollars that allow organizations throughout West Michigan to come
together and test our response to the all-too-real possibility of a
community-wide disaster. The exercise went very well, and we look
forward to hosting additional training exercises in the future.

Metro Health was joined by Spectrum Hospital, Mary Free-Bed and dozens of other organizations, including:

  • Local Emergency Planning Committee
  • Kent County Emergency Management
  • Region 6 Bio Defense Network Coalition
  • American Red Cross
  • Kent County Medical Reserve Corps
  • Kent County Community
    Emergency Response Team
  • Kent County Coroner’s office
  • Medical supplier The Burrows Co.
  • Area fire and police departments
  • Local funeral directors and mortuaries

About Metro Health
Metro Health is a regional health-care organization with a 238-bed
general acute care osteopathic teaching hospital and 10 neighborhood
outpatient centers, serving more than 130,000 patients in Kent and
surrounding counties. Metro offers a broad range of services, including
hospital inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery,
intensive care and rehabilitation. Physician, therapy and diagnostic
services are offered in its 10 neighborhood centers. Metro’s work is
supported by the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, which is a
charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well
being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy.

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