Hurley Medical Center stages trial run to prep for coronavirus testing



Hurley Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Mike Jaggi and John Stewart, director of emergency and nursing support services, explain the coronavirus testing procedure during a testing drill at Atwood Stadium. Photo by Lania Rocha

Hurley Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Mike Jaggi and John Stewart, director of emergency and nursing support services, explain the coronavirus testing procedure during a testing drill at Atwood Stadium. Photo by Lania Rocha

FLINT — Hurley Medical Center staff went through the paces of their emergency operations plan last week, in an effort to work any bugs out of the logistics of large-scale, drive-through coronavirus (COVID-19) testing.

As of Tuesday morning, the medical center still was waiting for the necessary testing materials.

The trial run, which took place Thursday, March 19, at Atwood Stadium, included procedures such as registering patients, printing labels and traffic control.

Although there is a critical shortage of testing kits, nasal swabs and laboratory media supplies nationwide, Hurley wants to be prepared to rapidly deploy an operational drive-through site when supplies become available.

“Despite the current national shortage of testing supplies, we feel it’s important to be prepared to provide a testing service to our community once the necessary supplies are available,” says Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael Jaggi.

Hurley officials want to get the process “down to a science,” Jaggi said.

“We will follow the (Centers for Disease Control) criteria for who receives testing,” he said. “When supplies are ready, we’ll be ready.”

John Stewart, Hurley’s director of emergency and nursing support services, said the drill allowed hospital administrators to assess staff resources, and the ability to support those systems with IT and technology infrastructure.

“We’re trying to have it as organized as possible,” Stewart said.