Having a hospital at the ready to respond to disasters and address the needs of ailing citizens is as essential as good roads and favorable taxes. Hospitals must maintain trained personnel, specialized equipment and supplies to prepare for any emergency, no matter how small or large.

Disaster Preparedness. During the 2014 Ebola outbreak, North Carolina's hospitals and health systems dedicated a tremendous amount of resources -- in funds and personnel training -- preparing to keep patients, healthcare employees and the community safe.

Read how Cone Health prepared for a "mass casualty" event recently. See how UNC REX Hospital earned the National Weather Service's Storm Ready Certification. And learn more about Vidant Medical Center's week-long hurricane drill to ensure its staff is prepared to care.

24/7 Care. Hospitals are unique in that we are one of only a few businesses that must remain open 24 hours a day, every day of the week. Hospital often make accommodations during treacherous weather conditions to ensure that there is not a lapse in care for their neighbors.

Emergency departments frequently act as safety nets for healthcare in our communities. For an example of how busy your hospitals' ER is, there were five North Carolina hospitals that landed on the "Top 50 Hospitals With the Most ER Visits" in 2016:

  • The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital (Greensboro) - 149,700
  • Cape Fear Valley Medical Center (Fayetteville) - 129,352
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center (Winston-Salem) - 108,400
  • Vidant Medical Center (Greenville) - 90,000
  • Mission Hospitals - Memorial Campus (Asheville) - 87,200

Download and print the one-page piece describing how your hospital and health system contribute every day to the health and economic wellness of North Carolina.