TGMC Active Shooter Drill Successfully Implemented

Rhonda Alfred


HOUMA, LA – Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) effectively performed an active shooter drill the morning of Thursday, December 14, 2017 taking a proactive approach to emergency preparedness at the hospital. The drill was performed to test the hospital’s incident command system and the ability to triage and treat injured patients in the event there was an active shooter event. The drill included participation from various law enforcement officials from the parish, local and state levels.

Law enforcement officials collaborated with TGMC to effectively plan and conduct the drill.    They included Houma Police Department, The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Houma Fire Department, Acadian Ambulance, Parish Office of Homeland Security Officials, State Police, State Region 3, as well as hospital security, administration, physicians and staff. Nursing students from Nicholls State University participated as well. 

“In the event of an emergency situation such as this, we want to ensure that TGMC is effectively prepared to care for our patients and employees,” said Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO. “This drill provided a realistic test of what to expect and we’re pleased to say that the positive outcome would not have been possible without the seamless collaboration from law enforcement, our physicians and staff,” she added. 

The hospital-wide drill tested staff response time, ability to quickly and safely transport and care for victims and effectively collaborate with law enforcement in the event of an actual shooter incident. Within 3 minutes of getting the initial call 50 law enforcement personnel arrived on the scene at the hospital. Within 5 minutes, 35 SWAT team members arrived and the threat was eliminated in 10 minutes. 

TGMC would like to commend the support of everyone who came together to participate in this hands-on drill. “We hope this never happens but as a result of the success of today’s drill, I know we have the best team possible working together to keep our hospital and community safe if such an event would occur,” Peoples added. 


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