The goal of the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps (LCMRC) is to increase the health care surge capacity of the county as support to the existing health care system in the event of a major emergency, flu pandemic and/or to support local public health needs.
Medical Reserve Corps volunteers can and will serve a vital role by assisting with ongoing public health needs. The most important principle for such a Medical Reserve Corps unit is that it should not replace existing resources and capabilities; it is a supplement to existing ones.
Today, the LCMRC, which was founded in the fall of 2003:
Has hundreds of active volunteers including physicians, dentists,
nurses, social workers and other medical and non-medical personnel.
Has taken on the role of developing volunteer programs at the local, state and national level.
Provided best practice guidance for the Illinois Medical Reserve Corps (MRCIL).
Is coordinated by the Co-Chairperson for the group made up of 77 MRC
units and over 4,500 active volunteers in the state of Illinois and has
supported activities to help develop MRC units in the Southeastern part
of the state of Wisconsin.
Is an active unit supporting the
LCHD/CHC with volunteers to assist at Flu Clinics, Flu Phone Banks, Lake
County Fair, Kids First Health Fair and more
in major SNS training exercises. The MRC is continually recruiting
qualified volunteers who want to help keep their community healthy and
Was awarded a 2010 Mentor Award from the Office of
Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps for efforts in collaboration
with the Southeast Wisconsin Medical Reserve Corps.
awarded the Illinois Department of Health 2011 Directors Recognition
Award for significant efforts in emergency preparedness and community
commitment to public health.
Is a 2012 Active Partner in
Illinois Heart Rescue Project. The goal of this project is to form
community, EMS and hospital partnerships across the state to measure and
improve cardiac arrest survival.
Was awarded in 2014 the FEMA Community Preparedness Award for Local Communities.