The ESI provides emergency management planning and strategies, staff training courses, equipment assessments, technical assistance, model plans and processes, and research related to clinical emergency medical services. It is responsible for the North Carolina trauma system's Capital Regional Advisory Committee (CapRAC). The mission of the CapRAC is two-fold: to implement strategies to improve trauma care in the region and to develop regional medically-based disaster initiatives.
Other divisions include Environmental Health & Safety and the ESI Special Operations Team. ESI also promotes injury prevention, with initiatives geared toward children and families, such as Risk Watch, a school-based program that helps families create safer homes and communities, and "Candy or Medicine" and "Hazard House" interactive display boards that illustrate the dangers of prescription medicines and common household safety risks.
Emergency Services Institute Executive Director
Barbara Bisset, PhD, MS, MPH, RN, joined WakeMed in 2004 and is responsible for the CRU, the CapRAC regional disaster and trauma care initiatives, and the Environment of Care (safety) regulations for all WakeMed sites. Her responsibilities include emergency management operations, maintaining contacts with local and state emergency providers, and disaster planning and emergency preparedness initiatives for the hospital system. She also oversees the Capital Trauma Regional Advisory Committee that is responsible for the emergency preparedness/regional hospital planning for a five-county area. She holds a PhD and Master of Science in Safety Engineering from Kennedy Western University in California, and a Master of Public Health degree from George Williams College – Illinois Benedictine College in Illinois. She is a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and NC State Medical Response System Steering Committee. She spearheaded development of the Individual Care Coordination Center Comunity Model for the Special Needs Populations in Disasters, which resulted in a state bill that provides liability and reimbursement protection for long-term facilities that are willing to serve as shelters in disaster events. Dr. Bisset also developed a patient surge model template for the North Carolina Office of EMS, proposed for use by all North Carolina hospitals, and is often invited to speak at local and regional conferences focused on emergency management.