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Hospital Emergency Response Team

The Spartanburg Regional Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) began as a direct result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Spartanburg Regional received a request from the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to assist in the reception of victims from the Gulf Coast. The experience prompted the development of a team that could respond to significant disasters and emergency management situations internally as well as externally. Since the team’s inception, it has grown into a highly functional volunteer organization within the walls of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

What makes the Spartanburg HERT unique is that it is the first hospital-based team of its type in the state of South Carolina. We have strong ties to the community and routinely work with area response partners during simulated exercises and real life events. The HERT has formed Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to mobilize and operate the South Carolina Mobile Medical Facility (SCMED2), and with the United States Army in conjunction with the National Disaster Medical System to deploy and augment their operations during catastrophic need or military casualty surge as mandated.

The team is comprised of clinical and non-clinical volunteers who receive detailed and specific training that focuses on the “all hazards” approach to healthcare emergency management and response. The team consists of 98 individuals who have dedicated their time to preserving lives and ensuring the continuity of care for not only the healthcare system and local community, but our regional and national community as well.

Decontamination Strike Team (DST)
Provides technical decontamination and internal spill response

Surge Strike Team (SST)
Manages clinical patient influx/surge

Communications Strike Team (CST)
Intelligence and communication gathering and operations

Critical Intervention Strike Team (CIST)
Psychological and emotional support

Logistics Team (LOG)
Manages and secures supplies and equipment

Forward Assessment Strike Team (FAST)
Provides technical assistance with Mortuary Response and Water Filtration

Provides mobilization of SCDHEC SCMED2 (Mobile Medical Facility)

Special Events Team (SET)
Medical Support

If you would like more information about HERT, please call 864-560-5494 or e-mail the HERT team.

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