April 13th, 2020 – As part of our ongoing readiness efforts related to COVID-19, Palms West Hospital held a simulation drill last week to examine and strengthen existing processes, procedures and capabilities to manage an influx of patients that would be in need of emergency care, should there be a surge in patients. 
Members of Plant Operations and security teams assembling the tent – which became the staging area.
Led by Dr. Richard Giroux, Chief of Emergency Medicine, the drill was held outside the ER, and included staff from multiple disciplines who went through a series of scenarios, enabling the hospital to test its readiness protocols. In addition to participation from hospital staff, members of Palm Beach Fire Rescue were onsite to offer insight regarding the triaging of patients.
Left, Donna Schleffer – Right, Richard Giroux, MD – Chief, Emergency Medicine
PBC Fire Rescue Members
About Palms West Hospital
Palms West Hospital is a 204-bed acute care full service facility combining high quality, patient-driven care and state-of-the-art technology to serve residents of Palm Beach County and beyond. The hospital employs over 1,200 employees, has a medical staff of 655 active physicians and a Graduate Medical Education Program. We offer a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services including 24/7 Emergency care, stroke center designation, comprehensive surgical services, cardiac catheterization, an orthopedics and spine institute, and maternity services with a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (level II NICU).
Palms West Hospital is a recipient of numerous awards, recognitions and accreditations from a number of organizations, among them, The Joint Commission. Our more recent recognitions include Healthgrades’ 2020 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award, 2019 Gallbladder Surgery Five-Star Recipient, Healthgrades’ 2019 General Surgery Excellence Award, Healthgrades’ Patient Safety Excellence Award, Press Ganey’s 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award, Children’s Oncology Group (COG) accreditation in 2019 and Blue Shield’s Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery.