Old Parkview Wabash Hospital finding new life

Parkview Health Police are using the old Parkview Wabash Hospital facility for multi-agency, multi-purpose training.

Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 5:06 PM
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 3:44 PM

WABASH, Ind. (FOX 55) - Old signs are gone, new signs are up at the old Parkview Wabash facility, but if you were to walk through the empty halls this week, you'll notice they aren't quite empty.

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"Parkview has made a big commitment to the safety and security of all of our facilities. We want to make sure we're providing a safe and secure environment of care, so our clinical folks can focus on delivering excellent health care to our patients," said Tom Rhoades, the Corporate Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police for Parkview Health Police.

The Parkview Wabash campus is hosting a multi-agency, multi-purpose training this week organized by the Parkview Health Police, a first of its kind agency in the state, and every part of the facility is being used, from the parking lot behind us for driver training and the building where potential active shooters and burglars exits.

FOX 55's Caleb Saylor got to go through the active shooter scenario, so he knows that the training scenarios are at full speed as and even though the bullets are fake, the adrenaline is very much real.

Parkview Health Police Training Captain Matt Daughtry has been working on this training for 6 months, and is pleased with the result thus far.

Daughtry said, "We are located in so many different areas that it's important for our guys to understand how to work directly with other departments. So it's gone really well. I'm really happy with how all that's worked out."

He also believes the debriefing is a pivotal role in the training, saying "The important part is when you're done with this training you get together and you really discuss and say "ok what did we do right? What did we do wrong? What are some different things we could do in that situation. Can you pull back out, wait for a response from SWAT, maybe you get a barricaded subject?""

The hospital will continue to be used as training grounds for as long as possible according to Rhoades.

He thinks it's a good use of the facility, saying "We think by giving local officers this additional training on how to respond to emergency situations, then ultimately we're fulfilling the mission by making all of our communities safer."

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