Regional Resource Center Facts
Why is SUNY Upstate the Regional Resource Center (RRC)?
- The RRC concept builds off of the pre-existing regional trauma center designation
- The RRC is selected by the New York State Department of Health and funded by a Department of Homeland Security grant.
What geographic area does the Regional Resource Center cover?
- The SUNY Upstate RRC covers a 13 county region in Central New York that extends from the Canadian border to Pennsylvania.
- There are 22 acute care facilities in the region and approximately 90 long term care facilities.
- Geography: 11,349 square miles
- Population: 1,619,516 according to the 2000 census
- Total Certified Hospital Beds: 4,930
What activities is the Regional Resource Center involved in?
Surge Capacity Planning
- Developing a regional surge capacity plan and a regional mutual aid agreement that includes hospitals, long term care and homecare.
- Stockpiling of Personal Protective Equipment (N-95 respirators, gowns and gloves)
- Assisting with expansion of the NYS Fairgrounds Infirmary
- Purchasing of specialized equipment such as respirators
Supporting and Sponsoring Training
- Pediatric and Trauma training for ED RNs (ENPC and TNCC)
- Rural Trauma Team Development Program that includes burn care
- Behavioral Health Training for regional staff
- Burn Training for regional staff
- Hazmat Operations Level Training
- Hospital Incident Command System Training
- Advance Hazmat Life Support Program (AHLS)
- Basic Disaster Life Support Course (BDLS)
- Advanced Disaster Life Support Course (ADLS)
- Increasing decontamination capacity with the purchase of PAPRS and chemical protective suits, boots and gloves for regional facilities
- Supplying fixed and handheld satellite phones to all the hospital facilities in the region that needed this equipment
- Working with Onondaga County Health Department to compliment MMRS funding of video conferencing equipment for the regional facilities
Networking with Regional Partners
- Visiting regional facilities to assist with emergency preparedness planning and exercise participation
- Co-chairing Regional Preparedness Council meetings that include hospital Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, Public Health representatives and Regional NYS DOH Representatives
- Communicating routinely to hospital Emergency Preparedness Coordinators
- Participating with various Emergency Management groups in the region.
- Working with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Emergency Medicine Department and the NYS Fairgrounds on the Infirmary expansion
Donna Sowles, RN
Regional Resource Center Coordinator