The Collaborative Multi-Agency Exercise (CMAX) was one of the first initiatives implemented by the Bethesda Hospitals' Emergency Preparedness Partnership in February 2004 based on the concept of multi-agency integration, collaboration and training. Through these exercises, the Partnership has demonstrated the clear benefits of the geographic proximity of the partners, agreement to share resources across the Partnership, and collaboration among the institutions. Over the years, CMAX has significantly grown in scope, complexity and participation throughout the National Capital Region linking multiple local, state, federal and military health care and emergency management organizations.
The Collaborative Multi-Agency Exercise also fulfills the Joint Commission Emergency Management requirements for hospital accreditation and utilizes the 15 National Planning Scenarios as basis for design. Collaboratively, testing these plans ensures that the partnership facilities can coordinate planning and response efforts to best serve the community.
The Joint Commission requirements address six critical areas:
- Resources and Assets
- Safety and Security
- Staff Roles and Responsibilities
- Utilities Management
- Patient Clinical and Support Activities