Broward Health CEO discusses Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

January 19, 2017

After 13 people were shot in the lower level baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, nearby Broward Health started receiving victims, according to an article on the Hospitals & Health Networks website.

Interim Broward CEO Mark Sprada, R.N., credits the facility's preparedness to disaster drills conducted with the airport and other community members. 

The hospital's incident-command systems have been standardized following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“Whether you have an influx of patients from a chemical spill, a bio-terrorism event, plane crash, a bus crash or a shooting, you still have to have your emergency personnel ready to go. The fortunate thing for hospitals is we’ve had these standards for a number of years,” Sprada said.

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