Saint Francis to Participate in Code Silver Drill

February 26 drill will test emergency preparedness plan 

(Hartford, Conn. February 23, 2015) – On Thursday, February 26, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center will participate in a Code Silver drill to evaluate preparedness for an active shooter on the main campus. 

The active shooter functional exercise is designed to establish a learning environment for participants to exercise emergency response plans, policies and procedures as they pertain to an active shooter response.  

The Feb. 26, scenario will test the Hospital’s ability to conduct a building lockdown, internal surge at the Hospital, and the ability to provide support services to staff and use community partnerships to support an escalating situation. The drill will not have any actual patients participating. Staff and volunteers will play the role of mock victims. The Hartford Police Department will be a key player in this drill.  

Emergency Operations teams from both the main campus and Mount Sinai campus will participate in the drill, which will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 26. Throughout the course of the exercise, email and employee intranet messages will keep staff informed of the drill’s progress. It will conclude by 11:30 a.m. 

The Hospital conducts these drills to ensure readiness for every type of emergency scenario. The safety of our patients and staff is always our greatest priority, and we are grateful to the many professions, both here and from the community, who participate in these exercises to help us meet this critical responsibility.  

About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit