Regional Hospital

Regional Hospital, scene of damaged cars and demolished highway after earthquake.


Regional Hospital is Ready When the Unexpected Happens

We Are Ready

When chaos hits, facilities could be overwhelmed and EMS systems need coordination.  Regional Hospital provides order.  In the critical hours after a mass casualty incident, Regional Hospital based in Portland, OR provides crisis coordination for paramedics and local hospitals. Our roles in Mass Casualty Incidents are:

  • Providing communication between EMS personnel and hospital medical teams.
  • Coordinate patient distribution.
  • Track  the bed status of emergency departments.
  • Prevent patient overload by directing ambulances to hospitals with appropriate resources.
  • Record MCI patient status and destination.
  • Alert hospitals with radio announcements on the nature and scope of a disaster.
  • Broadcast updates via radio and HOSCAP Website with crucial information during the event.
  • Drilling for these incidents is ongoing.


Reliable Technology

Natural or man-made disasters, power outages, telephone failure, software problems, and high-traffic congestion can cripple communication services.  Our integrated systems are designed to survive. Our communication resources include:

  • Dedicated 800 MHz MCI radio channels with VHF and HAM radio backup.
  • Redundant land-line, wireless, and satellite telecommunication systems.
  • Hospital-wide backup generators.
  • Robust computer security.


TOPOFF 4, October 15-19, 2007, Full Scale National Preparedness Exercise, Portland, OR

Regional Hospital was tested during TOPOFF 4, the nation's largest ever civilian disaster drill.  Portland, OR. hosted over 15,000 people from 275 federal, state, and local organizations.  350 actor-victims participated in a massive exercise involving a dirty bomb staged to detonate on a MAX train.  Regional Hospital worked quickly with paramedics triaging actor-victims to local hospitals.  Within the first 5 hours all actor-victims had been sent to emergency rooms.  In a real catastrophe coordinated effort is essential to save lives and insure the best use of medical resources.


National Disaster Medical System (NDMS)

The NDMS is a national system managing federal response to declared disasters throughout our country.  When the number of crisis victims exceeds state resources, Regional Hospital is prepared to help the Federal Coordination Center disperse patients to Portland area hospitals.

 Emergency Transport Coordinators during an MCI

Our History at OHSU

In the 1960s the Northwest Oregon Council of Hospitals developed the concept of a Regional Hospital.  OHSU took over the role in 1996 and assigned responsibility to the Emergency Communication Center.  We have fulfilled the duties of Regional Hospital ever since.