Preparation

After notifying our chaplains, I continued to communicate with the chaplain on campus. Regina was our per diem chaplain and only had been with ORMC for six months. Her only trauma experience was from her orientation time and those six months.  She had completed her first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at another hospital system, but it did not have a Level One Trauma Center. Trauma is very, very different in the type and number of patients ministered to, and the role, duties and responsibilities of the chaplain in collaboration with the clinical interdisciplinary team. Six months of experience, wow!  Thank God, in March when we had our community-wide MCI drill, I had approved for her to come in and participate. Never before at ORMC had a manager approved any per diem chaplains participating in MCI drills, but my thought was they serve on the weekends and at night when there is a huge possibility of them being on duty, by themselves, when a MCI could occur.  My fears proved to be correct. She was the ONLY chaplain on the campus when this incident began. The budget and the hours for her to be at the drill proved invaluable. She followed department protocols extremely closely, which enabled our rapid response. Through our training and team work, we were able to identify patients in a more timely manner, rotate chaplains so they could  preach in their churches or our Muslim chaplain could pray during Ramadan and limit to only three the number of chaplains working more than an eight-hour shift.