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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Become a Partner Healthcare Facility

Can we count on you?

The National Disaster Medical System needs your facility’s help in the event of a disaster, terrorist attack, military contingency, or other public health emergency. Your partnership is crucial to the ASPR’s mission of saving lives and protecting Americans from health security threats.

When disaster strikes, NDMS teams arrive on site to protect health and augment healthcare systems to stabilize patients, and, when necessary, evacuate patients to designated reception facilities within the NDMS health care facility network.

We need you to be a destination for evacuated injured or ill Americans

Currently we have over 1,900 health care partner facilities nationwide that have signed agreements with the NDMS to accept patients during a public health emergency. In order to get the state, local, tribal and territorial network to optimum level, we need your help.

This is a completely voluntary program for any type of health care facility to participate in. Upon activation, health care facilities agree to make every effort to make beds available to NDMS federal patients. Participating health care partner facilities who have signed the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with NDMS will receive reimbursement at 110% of their Medicare rate for qualifying NDMS federal patient care.

Partner with us

If your facility is interested in learning more, please contact the NDMS Definitive Care Program. We will work with you to add your facility to our growing network to save lives of our fellow Americans in their time of need. To contact us, please email

  • This page last reviewed: May 17, 2021