Hospitals/EMS Play Key Role in Natural Disaster Repsonse

Hospitals and their staff are among the most important first responders to mass casualty events and natural disasters.

WhidbeyHealth diligently updates and rehearses its plans for dealing with such events. The hospital's emergency response plans were recently reviewed again and approved by the federal Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

WhidbeyHealth also works closely with the Washington State Hospital Association in coordinating its plans with other regional hospitals. WhidbeyHealth EMS also coordinates with pre-hospital planning partners including, law enforcememt, fire departments, and the Department of Emergency Management in this planning process.

The American Hospital Association recently released a video highlighting the importance of hospitals in the vital role of disaster response. Below is a link to the video on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef5syo3jlx0&feature=youtu.be