Finding time for professional development is often difficult with full workloads and family responsibilities. One couple, Marylee and Edward Kott, recently found an opportunity to attend training together at the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The Houston, Texas husband and wife team completed the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents, or HCL, course.
Both healthcare professionals work as pathologists who fill unique roles during a healthcare emergency in the Harris County Hospital System in Houston. They found CDP training very informative and useful in the event of a mass casualty event or hospital surge.
“I am much more familiar now with my collateral role as a Medical-Technical Specialist,” Marylee Kott said. “Other employees of my hospital’s healthcare team have trained here, and as a member of the Hospital Emergency Management Committee we are strongly encouraged to attend this course. HCL encapsulates the knowledge we all need to know. The training is real life and I found the Incident Command training fabulous during a healthcare emergency when our Emergency Operations Center is activated.”
The Kotts have been married for 38 years. They have worked in healthcare during that entire time but only recently have made emergency preparedness a part of their professional lives. Edward Kott said his week at the CDP was impressive and the hands-on experience provided insight into working through stressful situations when medical emergencies cause confusion. He believes his training will make him a stronger member of his hospital’s emergency operations team.
“The level of detail made a great training experience,” he said. “We do not have the ability to interrupt medical procedures for training in our hospital. The CDP was able to duplicate a medical emergency environment and I was amazed at how well it was put together. Training is taken very seriously here and planned out well.”
The HCL course is designed to assist healthcare professionals in decision making while responding to a mass casualty incident. The training takes place at the CDP’s Noble Training Facility . The NTF integrated into CDP training in early 2007, and remains the nation’s only hospital facility dedicated solely to preparing the healthcare, public health, and environmental health communities for mass casualty events related to catastrophic natural disasters or terrorist acts.