Grand Valley To Host Mock Disaster

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Grand Valley State University's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences just east of downtown Grand Rapids. Photo Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences just east of downtown Grand Rapids. Photo Grand Valley State University

GRAND RAPIDS — More than 100 volunteers, health care workers and educators will participate in a two-day, mock disaster training session at Grand Valley State University.

The May 2-3 exercise will test the use of Grand Valley’s Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St. NE, as an alternative care site for Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in the event of an actual, large-scale disaster or epidemic.

Partners in the training session are Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State, Region 6 Healthcare Network Coalition and Kent County Health Department.

High school students from the Health Sciences Early College Academy, sponsored by the Kent ISD, will have roles as patients and be paired with Grand Valley nursing and health professions students for the exercise. Clinical operations will be led and monitored by Spectrum Health staff.

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