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Hospitals Prepare for Disaster Recovery

doctorEUGENE, Ore. — Emergency workers say they’ve learned a lot about how to respond to national disasters and terrorist attacks, but there’s still plenty to be done.

The Oregon Ambulatory Surgery Center Association held its first all-day emergency conference Thursday.

New federal regulations will require surgery centers across the country to be more prepared for disasters.

Hundreds of doctors, nurses, administrators and government leaders gathered at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.

“Communicating and planning more effectively. There are a lot of governmental agencies and the more collaboration between the public and private sector. It’s really all hands on deck,” said Rob Schwartz, OASCA Executive Director.

Speakers also talked about the need for improved structure safety, back-up generators and making sure medicine is available.

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