ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany Memorial Hospital is preparing for the worst by taking part in a statewide disaster drill.
It reacted Tuesday morning as if an F-5 tornado hit the Capital Region sending 25 patients to its emergency department.
Nursing students served as the patients with a number of injuries from minor scrapes to critical head wounds. The hospital's goal was to efficiently triage or sort the patients and get them into appropriate care.
Hospital officials activated a command center, and used the drill to assess its communications, train its staff and trouble shoot any problems.
Jeff Burns, Albany Memorial's Director of the Emergency Department, called the drill successful, and said one thing they learned was to have more wheelchairs readily available to take patients where they needed to go.
This was Albany Memorial's third drill in a year. Samaritan Hospital in Troy also participated in the statewide drill organized by the NY Department of Health.