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City Signs Agreement to Use National City Bank Drive-Thrus in a Public Health Emergency

Wednesday November 21, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 21, 2007) This morning Mayor Jerry Abramson announced an agreement between National City Bank and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Under the terms of the agreement, National City Bank will provide the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness access to the drive-thru facilities of at least a dozen of its branch banks for the distribution of medications during a public-health emergency. Such an emergency might include a terrorist attack, a disease outbreak, or a community disaster.

“The agreement we are signing this morning helps facilitate the distribution of protective medications throughout our community within 48 hours during a public health emergency,” said Abramson. “I would like to thank National City for its commitment to the health and safety of our citizens. I hope other major employers will consider assisting us in emergency preparedness by signing up to dispense medications directly to their employees during a crisis.”

National City Bank President Chuck Denny said, “We at National City Bank welcome the opportunity to do our part to protect our customers, our employees, and the general public during a time of emergency.”

National City’s drive-thru facilities, the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, and 20 selected Jefferson County Public high schools will be the primary points of distribution for medications during a public-health emergency. The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) will provide buses at each of the drive-thru sites to provide shelter and storage space for Public Health and Wellness Department staff. TARC has also provided the department with a list of bus routes that go to each of the identified high schools for those who do not have their own transportation.

“Last winter we conducted an emergency planning exercise in which we dispensed 1,000 flu shots at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in less than an hour,” said Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman. “People simply drove through Gate #1 and were inoculated without ever leaving their cars. The exercise confirmed that using drive-thru facilities is a quick and efficient method to distribute medications during a public-health emergency.”