For many communities across the country, NAPH member hospitals alone provide the expertise and capacity to respond to natural disasters and care for victims of shootings, fires and other tragedies. NAPH members 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 NAPH members have led the public health response to large scale emergencies, including Hurricane Sandy and the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings in 2012; Hurricane Irene in 2011; the Haiti earthquake in 2010; influenza outbreaks in 2012, 2009 and 2008; and the Minneapolis bridge collapse in 2007. Continue Reading