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Unity Hospital Holds Emergency Response Exercise

Partnership between Unity and Local Fire, Ambulance Services Tests Ability to Respond to a Disaster

Unity Hospital, local fire departments, and area ambulance services tested their ability to respond to a disaster on Saturday.

At 8:59 a.m. a disaster was simulated in the power plant at Unity Hospital. Fake smoke filled the building, and volunteers acting as victims were inside the building, waiting for first responders. At 9:00 a.m. a simulated call went out to the 911 Center for help. From that point on emergency personnel worked to rescue and treat victims, take them to the Unity Hospital’s Emergency Center, and get the disaster under control.

“Performing these response exercises better prepares Unity to handle emergencies and disasters,” said Jerry Seldes, emergency planning specialist for Unity Health System. “The practice this emergency exercise provides also improves the way we work with our community partners.”

The agencies who participated in the drill are: Unity Hospital Staff, Ridge Road Fire District, Rochester Fire Department, Gates Fire Department, Monroe Ambulance and Gates Volunteer Ambulance.

The exercise planning committee will now evaluate any weaknesses discovered during the exercise, and create an improvement plan. The team will then test those same areas in next year’s exercise.


Unity Hospital is an affiliate of Unity Health System, a 681-bed health care network serving the city of Rochester and western Monroe County.  The hospital’s specialty units include intensive care surgery, chemical dependency and mental health, obstetrics, brain injury rehabilitation, and skilled nursing. Unity Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is affiliated with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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