(Chino, Calif., January 17, 2017) – Chino Valley Medical Center (CVMC) reported a suspicious package found inside the facility in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 12. Chino Police Department and Ontario’s Bomb Squad investigated the package swiftly and the Emergency Department resumed services around 3a.m., less than three hours after the package was discovered.
Chino Valley Medical Center staff took swift action to evacuate patients from the Emergency Room, Radiology department, and all staff on the west-wing of the facility by relocating patients to designated safe areas of the hospital. “I am so proud of our staff for putting patient’s safety first and for taking care of each other in this event,” shares Cheryl Gilliatt, RN, MSN, MICN, and Director of the Emergency Department. “All of our procedures in place were executed. Because of the cooperation with the combined Police and Fire Units, and diligence of staff, we were back up and running very quickly. Thank you to our Police and Fire Departments and partners for continued efforts on the safety of our hospital and community.”
CVMC staff works assiduously to prepare for any type of disaster or event with patient safety and care at the forefront. “Our facility takes part in conducting multiple drills annually,” shares Brian Lugo, Emergency Preparedness Manager for Chino Valley Medical Center. “Exercises include The Great Shakeout, the Statewide Medical and Health Training Exercise (SMHTE), required evacuation training during annual skills fair for every employee, and more.” Drills, policies and procedures are constantly revisited to ensure that all staff is trained and equipped for many different circumstances. “Promoting an environment of situational awareness with an emphasis on safety for patients, visitors and staff is very important to us,” Lugo states. Staff is confident, primed and ready to serve Chino’s needs with efficient, quality care no matter the situation.
CVMC, established in 1972, is a 112-bed community hospital centrally located in beautiful Southern California. After significant investments, Chino Valley has achieved outstanding quality and patient safety recognition from organizations including The Leapfrog Group, US News & World Report, Healthgrades, Women’s Choice Award®, and the National Research Corporation “Path to Excellence” award. The hospital provides the latest technology and services for improving lives including a da Vinci Robotic Surgery Unit and top-rated orthopedic and gastrointestinal care. Chino Valley Medical Center is consistently recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation, who stands ready to serve their local community with compassionate, quality care. Nationally Recognized, Locally preferred, Community Focused.