The Northwest Ohio Healthcare Emergency Management Coalition oversees the planning and resources for the 18-county region’s emergency and disaster prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation efforts. The coalition includes northwest Ohio’s hospitals, healthcare systems, public health jurisdictions, and public information officers; all efforts are integrated with the region’s public safety agencies and other partners. The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department provide support staff and leadership for the coalition, which is governed by a steering committee.
Chief among the coalition’s assets are two climate-controlled portable hospitals, which can be combined into one tent structure with a separate command center. Medical providers can use the portable hospitals to treat people during large events, emergencies and disasters. The units are equipped with beds, medical supplies, lighting and other necessities.
Coalition members practice setting up and staffing the portable hospital units at least twice a year to ensure medical volunteers remain prepared. For example, the combined portable hospital units were deployed and staffed by medical personnel for the Toledo Air Show in 2016.