The research will study a sample of hospitals in Kentucky that have been accredited by the JCAHO, on the standards of disaster mitigation set out by JCAHO.
Hospitals serve as the first site of emergency response during times of natural disasters. Hospitals are expected to function more efficiently in times of these crises and mostly hospital functionality can be seriously compromised if the disaster caused any structural damage to the hospital infrastructure itself and if the number of fatalities and injuries exceeds the capacity of the hospital. Here the hospitals attempt to distribute supplies, personnel, bed space, and casualties in the proper manner to best respond and recover from the "major event. Thus, it is important to study the willingness of hospital organizations to adopt and implement disaster mitigation measures. Currently, in the health care industry, disaster mitigation preparedness has not topped the priority list due to increased competition and continual pressure for cost reduction. Many factors influence the decision making pattern of the key decision makers in the arena of disaster mitigation in hospitals.