The goal of the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps (LCMRC) is to increase the healthcare surge capacity of the county. It serves as support to the existing healthcare system in the event of a major emergency, pandemic, and local 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.
The LCMRC is for volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and to support ongoing preparedness initiatives. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds who want to improve the health and safety of our community.
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
Has participated in major SNS training exercises. The MRC is continually recruiting qualified volunteers who want to help keep their community healthy and safe.
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.
Was 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.