NHRMC named one of nation’s most prepared
New Hanover Regional Medical Center has recently
been named one of the most prepared trauma centers for handling large-scale
disasters in the country.
A report issued this summer by the National Foundation
for Trauma Care (NFTC) named NHRMC one of five trauma centers nationwide to
earn designation as "highly prepared."
Trauma centers were evaluated on
communication, emergency management planning, resources, vulnerability and
security, clinical resources and sustainability. The five top-scoring hospitals
were further evaluated through site visits to assess their decontamination
capacity, stockpiled resources, clinical care and overall plan for responding to
a large-scale catastrophic event.
Those top-scoring hospitals will be awarded $7,000
for participating in the study and will undergo a site visit to validate the
information and to see how federal grant funding was used to ramp up equipment
and supplies for possible disasters. Purchases from federal grant money included
upgraded communication and decontamination equipment.
South got the least amount of money for disaster preparedness, yet its trauma
centers scored the highest of the regions surveyed.
According to the
National Foundation for Trauma Care, survey results revealed that a strong
correlation was found where hospitals that had endured an actual event of mass
scale had higher preparedness scores on average.
New Hanover Regional's
score backed up that finding as well.
Five selected “highly prepared”
- Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
- Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San
- Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio
- New Hanover Regional Medical Center,
- Suburban Hospital Healthcare System, Bethesda,