HERC Background

HERC is a network of acute and sub-acute care hospitals, county emergency response agencies, and community disaster partners. The Coalition collaborates on planning, training and exercising for an area-wide health and/or medical response to a disaster or incident.

After the events of 9/11 and the anthrax incident in Palm Beach County the following month, the County enacted a mock drill to determine what the capabilities and gaps were in the community’s emergency response system. The drill brought together 15 hospitals, municipal and county law enforcement, EMS/fire rescue, HAZMAT, The American Red Cross, and other regional responders. The outcome revealed that individual agencies could not act alone to effectively address a disaster or public health emergency. In 2001, with support from Palm Healthcare Foundation, HERC was formed.

Operationally, HERC has a formal structure, with bylaws, specific strategic planning goals, regular meetings and scheduled activities that are planned and managed.


2017 HERC Officers

Chair: Lisa Andrews, Delray Medical Center

Vice-Chair: Lisa Vreeland, Florida Department of Health PBC

Treasurer: Brenda Atkins, Wellington Regional Medical Center

Secretary: Sabra Henry, Good Samaritan Medical Center


Past HERC Chairs

Brenda Atkins, Wellington Regional Medical Center
Michael Self, VA Medical Center
Rebecca Creighton, Delray Medical Center
Mary Russell, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Robbin Lee, JFK Medical Center
Bill Farrell, St. Mary’s Medical Center

American Medical Response

American Red Cross

Bethesda Health

Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Caridad Center

Community Health Center of West Palm Beach

Delray Medical Center

Florida Health in Palm Beach County

Good Samaritan Medical Center

Health Care District of Palm Beach County

JFK Medical Center

Jupiter Medical Center

Kindred Hospital

Lakeside Medical Center

MyClinic of Jupiter

NuVista Living

MorseLife Geriatic Center

Palm Beach County Association of EMS Providers

Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Palm Beach County Medical Society Services

Palm Beach County Sheriff Office

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center

Palms West Hospital

Select Specialty Hospital

St. Mary’s Medical Center

VA Medical Center

Wellington Regional Medical Center

West Boca Medical Center

West Palm Hospital

Special Thanks to our Funding Partners