Haywood to hold kickoff event to develop Medical Corps unit Print
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The Haywood County Health Department and Haywood County Citizen Corps will host a meeting to kick off the development of a Mountain Regional Medical Reserve Corps unit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the county Administration building at 81 Elmswood Way in Waynesville.

The Mountain Regional Medical Reserve Corps is designed to recruit and train medical professionals and auxiliary staff to assist emergency responders and public health professionals during large-scale emergencies.


The Medical Reserve Corps program is sponsored by the Office of the Surgeon General, in cooperation with the White House’s USA Freedom Corps, and the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps. The purpose of the MRC Unit is to: 
  • Recruit health care professionals into volunteer service;
  • Create a framework to match volunteers’ skills with the community’s needs;
  • Provide reserve capacity at the community level to respond to local health needs and priorities

The Medical Reserve Corps is open to practicing and retired physicians and physicians assistants; nurse practitioners, registered nurses, LPNs and nurse assistants; dentists and dental assistants; mental health providers; pharmacists; lab workers; medical records specialists, and others. Members of the general public are also invited to attend the meeting.


Hope Burch, coordinator for the Mountain Regional Medical Reserve Corps, has been working with the health department, the Citizen Corps and Haywood County Emergency Management for several months to establish an MRC unit in Haywood County. In addition to Burch, speakers at the Aug. 5 kickoff will include Dr. Martha Salyers, team leader for Public Health Regional Surveillance Team 6; Mark Stepp, a training officer with the State Medical Assistance Team; and Carmine Rocco, director of the Haywood County Health Department.


Food will provided and door prizes presented to some of the participants. To RSVP or for more information, contact Burch at 828-713-2310.


The Haywood County Citizen Corps formed in 2005 to help coordinate volunteer activities to better prepare county residents to respond to emergency situations. Since then, the Citizen Corps has distributed disaster preparedness information at several public events and assisted in the formation of Citizen Emergency Response Teams to help respond to disasters within a limited geographic area.

For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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