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By: Chelsea Sayegh on October 22nd, 2018

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Bishop Wicke Conducts Mock Facility Evacuation

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Short-Term Rehab Shelton

Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center at Wesley Village, offering skilled nursing and short-term rehab, recently participated in a mock facility evacuation. Conducted by the Connecticut Long Term Care Mutual Aid Plan (LTC-MAP), the purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the interaction of the LTC-MAP members in each region in preparation for internal events (fire, power failures) and external events (hurricanes, ice storms, tornadoes, etc.).

In this particular exercise, Bishop Wicke received mock residents (volunteers) from another “Disaster Struck Facility.” The drill was designed to be as realistic as possible. The volunteers portrayed various resident personas and the staff at Bishop Wicke had to react to challenges accordingly. The 5-star nursing home set up spaces for Operations, Planning and Logistics, Triage, Command Center and Surge Area as the “disaster” struck.  

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The drill tested the facility’s communication, tracking of evaluated residents and handling of a large influx of residents.

Debra Samorajczyk, Administrator at Bishop Wicke, explains, “Emergency preparedness is key to providing a safe and secure living environment for our residents. We are proud to be able to collaborate with our local community partners and the LTC-MAP plan to ensure that we are ready in the event any disaster strikes.”

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Bishop Wicke offers short-term rehab and skilled nursing care, including specialized programs for surgical recovery, orthopedics, cardiac and respiratory rehab, heart failure and more. The facility is located at 584 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton and is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes (UMH), a local, not-for-profit organization. For more information about Bishop Wicke, please visit or call 203.929.5321.


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About Chelsea Sayegh

I started working as a Marketing Coordinator for United Methodist Homes in October of 2016. I work on public relations, website management and community planning for their award winning independent and assisted living communities. As a graduate of Ursinus College with a degree in Media and Communications and a passion for serving nonprofits, United Methodist Homes has become my home away from home. I spend my days working in a community filled with smiling faces, helpful hands and wonderful residents. I have a passion for assisting seniors and take great pride in being able to promote a company with such a positive mission and values. As an individual committed to learning and growing, I have jumped right into this exciting career!

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