All hospitals and healthcare systems receiving Federal preparedness and response grants, contracts or cooperative agreements (e.g., Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program, Department of Homeland Security grants) must work to implement the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Hospital and healthcare systems are defined as all facilities that receive medical and trauma emergency patients on a daily basis. These facilities do not include non-hospital receivers (i.e., nursing homes, assisted living communities, long-term care facilities and specialty hospitals (i.e. psychiatric, rehabilitation facilities). However, non-hospital receivers are strongly encouraged to work with their local hospitals, public health departments and emergency management to integrate applicable elements of NIMS Implementation (i.e. planning, communications, resources) to allow for better communication and coordination.
The NIMS Information Center (NIC) recognizes that many operational aspects of the NIMS, including ICS training, are available through, state, local and tribal training agencies and private training vendors. It is not necessary that the training requirements be met through a federal source.The hospital verifies that it is NIMS compliant by meeting the fourteen NIMS elements.