“DRC Mission Statement”
The mission of the newly established South Bay Disaster Resource Center (DRC) at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is to prepare both Harbor and nine neighboring hospitals to deliver effective and coordinated medical care to victims of terrorism and other multi-casualty incidents and public-health emergencies.
The South Bay DRC is an extension of Harbor's Emergency Management Plan, and is funded with federal grant monies from the National Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness Program. This federal program recognizes that hospitals 1) are on the frontline for terrorist incidents and other multi-casualty disasters, 2) will be the first responders in a bioterrorism incident, and 3) must, therefore, coordinate emergency-management preparation and planning with their neighboring hospitals, and develop their “surge capacity”.
A fundamental component of an emergency management, “surge capacity” is the ability of a hospital to expand care capabilities to meet a sudden or more prolonged spike in demand for patient triage and treatment. Key aspects of surge capacity include: availability of space that can be converted for patient triage, care delivery and decontamination; availability of personnel of all types, but especially clinicians, nurses and ancillary personnel; availability of necessary medications, supplies and equipment.
The South Bay DRC is one of 11 multi-community DRC catchment areas established in Los Angeles County . The South Bay DRC catchment area, of which Harbor is the lead/coordinating hospital, encompasses several contiguous communities and includes the following eight member hospitals.
· Community Hospital of Gardena
· Del Amo Hospital
· Kaiser Foundation-Harbor City
· Los Angeles County King/ Drew Medical Center
· Little Company of Mary Medical Center
· Memorial Hospital of Gardena
· San Pedro Peninsula Hospital
· Torrance Memorial Medical Center