Regional COVID-19 Coordination Center (RC3)

Regional COVID-19 Coordination Center (RC3)

Overview and Purpose

The Regional COVID-19 Coordination Center (RC3) is established based on the Disaster Medical Coordination Center model to triage and place COVID-19 patients requiring acute emergency department or inpatient hospital care in an equitable manner. It is designed to balance patient placement and transport to individual or multiple hospitals with sufficient capacity in order not to strain the resources of any single hospital or small group of hospitals.


The RC3 is designed to place patients from any long-term care, hospital or similar facility requiring nonemergency transfer considerations to acute care hospitals. The goal is to place several patients at one time; however, the RC3 can assist smaller facilities place fewer patients as resources allow. The Center will also serve as a coordination hub for decompressing hospitals at or beyond capacity by placing patients from impacted acute care hospitals to similar settings as requested. The RC3 is not meant to take precedence over standard patient placement protocols such as transfer centers.

Please familiarize your staff on RC3 operations and how to contact if patient transfers are needed due to COVID-19.  Read full document here




Laura Hofmann, MSN, RN – Director of Clinical and Nursing Facility Regulatory Services
c: 425-231-4804