Nye County Emergency Management Develops Community Response Plan with the Closure of Nye Regional Medical Center
The Nye Regional Medical Center (NRMC) in Tonopah, Nevada permanently closed its doors today due to financial constraints. The 10-bed center stopped providing all acute care patient services within the hospital, including: the Emergency Department, Inpatient Care, Laboratory, Radiology, Respiratory, and Outpatient therapies ceased operations today at 12:00. There are no changes to the emergency medical responses (ambulance, transport) currently provided to the community.
The NRMC was the only hospital within a 100-mile radius serving residents in Nye and Esmeralda County and the surrounding region; with the closest medical centers in Bishop, Ca., or Hawthorne, Battle Mountain, and Fallon, NV. With the recent announcement the Nye County Emergency Management Office (NCEM) has developed an emergency response plan to support the needs of the communities directly affected by NRMC’s closure.
“Our number one priority is to ensure the long-term safety to the residents of this region. To support this initiative, we have implemented the most efficient and effective plan to reach that goal,’’ said Nye County Emergency Manager Vance Payne. “I would like to express my gratitude and personally thank everyone involved with supporting this plan,” Payne added. Several state agencies are assisting and monitoring the situation, as needed.
The NCEM has diligently worked out transportation agreements with service providers in neighboring counties and states to accommodate the daily traffic the hospital endured during its tenure. In an effort to reduce long transport times and to keep resources within the community, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and air and ground ambulance services have graciously stepped up to support the community of Nye County.
The NRMC has executed the following procedures to mitigate some of the impact the NRMC closure:
1. Life Guard Air Ambulance service has brought in an additional plane to double its air ambulance capability.
2. Nye County has reached agreements with neighboring Nevada counties and Inyo County in California to meet the Nye county ambulances half way to cut patient transport times. The following locations have also been included in the response plan: Battle Mountain, Banner-Churchill, Esmeralda, Goldfield, Beatty, Bishop, and Hawthorne.
3. Nye County is actively looking for alternatives for mutual aid ambulance crews.
For general information please contact Nye County Emergency Management at (775) 751-4279
In case of an emergency please contact 911