The National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) has approved Advocate South Suburban Hospital as a designated hospital within the system. This designation means that Advocate South Suburban Hospital will provide medical support in time of a federally declared disaster.
NDMS combines Federal and non-Federal medical resources into a unified response to meet natural and man-made disaster needs, as well as support patient treatment requirements from military contingencies.
The NDMS is an interagency partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Homeland Security (HS), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA).
The National Response Framework utilizes the NDMS, to support Federal agencies in the management and coordination of the medical response to major emergencies and federally declared disasters including:
- Natural Disasters
- Major Transportation Accidents
- Technological Disasters
- Acts of Terrorism including Weapons of Mass Destruction Events
“The role of Advocate South Suburban Hospital is to provide medical response and care to disaster victims in coordination with other federal and non-federal resources,” said Stephanie Roberts, Emergency Management System Coordinator at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. “We are proud and honored to be an NDMS designated hospital.”
Recently, the NDMS dispatched doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics and mental health experts from surrounding areas of the east coast to work in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Members of the NDMS responded as needed to provide first aid, triage, medical care and surgery to the victims.
“At Advocate South Suburban Hospital, the staff is constantly working to prepare for disaster situations by familiarizing themselves with the hospital's emergency plan and participating in practice drills,” said George Miller, D.O., emergency medicine physician at Advocate South Suburban Hospital. “The hospital has a designated emergency management committee that regularly hosts specialized training sessions to help employees and area first-responders become better prepared for potential disasters that may impact the south suburbs.”
Emergency responders from Advocate South Suburban Hospital, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), at the nation’s premier all hazards training center located in Anniston, Ala. The hospital also took part in a full scale exercise this year that was initiated by Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). A train wreck was the simulated full scale exercise in which patients, acted by local residents, were brought in by ambulance and helicopter to the hospital.
“By meeting the requirements of NDMS with these great training sessions and exercise programs, we at Advocate South Suburban Hospital are now better prepared to respond to any disaster that our neighbors might face,” Dr. Miller concluded.