What We Do
The Mountain Area Healthcare Preparedness Coalition is dedicated to organizing individual healthcare assets through cooperative planning, information sharing and management coordination to ensure that healthcare organizations have the support they need to provide optimal care to western North Carolina residents and visitors.
Coalition activities are based upon regional needs, the Healthcare Preparedness Capabilities developed by ASPR, and the North Carolina Office of EMS. Within the region, guidance is provided by MAHPC’s elected Steering Committee, with additional input from regional partners. Planning meetings occur regularly to provide an opportunity to share best practices, information and develop initiatives. Coalition activities have included annual regional exercises, coordination of education and training, development of decontamination capabilities within hospitals and EMS, and the provision of Viper Medical Network (VMN) radios to all hospital and EMS partners. All initiatives are funded through the ASPR Healthcare Preparedness Program Grant and through in-kind support from regional partners.
MAHPC strives to meet all disaster-related educational and training needs, including incident command system (ICS), hospital incident command system (HICS), disaster/mass casualty triage, facility evacuation, disaster medical care, decontamination, emergency preparedness and response, and disaster communications.