For many communities across the country, members of America's Essential Hospitals alone provide the expertise and capacity to respond to natural disasters and care for victims of shootings, fires and other tragedies. These essential hospitals provide the only Level I trauma care centers, or the only trauma centers of any level, in 29 cities. They represent just 2 percent of U.S. hospitals, but 44 percent of the nation’s burn care units. In some states, they offer the only poison or burn centers.
Given this role, it is not surprising our members have led the public health response to large scale emergencies, including Hurricane Sandy and the Aurora, Colo. Continue Reading