HCMC Firms Up Plans for Super Bowl Week

December 11, 2017 10:39 PM

We're 55 days from "Minnesota's Moment," Super Bowl LII. And with the added excitement comes added security. 

Hennepin County Medical Center recently finalized its plan to deal with the added layer of protection. 

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The Emergency Medical Services Division at HCMC has been coordinating a plan with the city of Minneapolis and its public safety group for the past year-and-a-half leading up to the Super Bowl. 

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"There is a plan to deal with several different situations," said HCMC Emergency Manager Mark Lappe.

Lappe explains the hospital will be fully functional and ready to respond as Super Bowl activities kick off. 

"We are going to be fully functional the entire 10 days while the festivities are going on and people are having fun, but we anticipate there will be increased traffic in and around the area," Lappe said. 

Certain roads on the north side of the HCMC campus will be shut down, but that will not affect emergency response times as new routes have been designated to get patients to the hospital quickly. Extra signage will also be added to direct general hospital traffic. 

"We will of course be working with the city of Minneapolis, their road signage and what is going up, so that anyone looking to come to the hospital can be directed and find their way here easily," Lappe said. "There will be increased EMS services not only with Hennepin County, but with other EMS services as well at special events or other kinds of activities."  

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Lappe says a regional hospital resource center has been set up and tested several times to correspond with 32 hospitals in the metro area in the event of a mass causality incident. 

"Our services are ready – both emergency medical services, as well as our community hospitals – to be able to take a surge of patients, whether it's from some sort of mass causality event or outbreak of illness." 

Security will be tight on the ground and in the air, but that will not prevent area medical helicopters services from responding. 

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