NHRMC named one of nation’s most prepared trauma centers

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.

Regionally, the 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” hospitals:

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Children’s Hospital and Health Center, San Diego, Calif.
  • Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Suburban Hospital Healthcare System, Bethesda, Md.