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Table 1 Demographic Characteristics of Responding versus Non-Responding Agencies*

From: Integrating a framework for conducting public health systems research into statewide operations-based exercises to improve emergency preparedness

  Responding Non-Responding
  LHDs (n=32)** Local EMS Agencies (n=42)*** Hospitals (n=121)**** LHDs (n=29)** Local EMS Agencies (n=16)*** Hospitals (n=391)****
Median Population Size Served 228,618 183,427 --- 126,518 127,645 ---
Median # Licensed Hospital Beds †† --- --- 166 --- --- 114
County Size §
Small 25% 31% --- 24% 13% ---
Medium 47% 38% --- 52% 75% ---
Large 28% 31% --- 24% 13% ---
Mean Level of Urbanity ¥ 1.5 1.52 --- 1.41 1.38 ---
  1. * Since hospitals do not serve an entire county, we compare the median number of licensed hospital beds between responding and non-responding hospitals.
  2. ** LHDs representing 32 of 61 health jurisdictions responded to the post-exercise survey; 29 health jurisdictions are not represented.
  3. *** 24 LEMSAS representing 42 counties responded to the post-exercise survey; 16 counties are not represented.
  4. **** 466 general acute care hospitals in California were recruited for the survey, 121 of which responded. An additional 6 hospitals (3 federal hospitals and 3 acute psychiatric hospitals) were included in the analysis, for a total of 127 hospitals.
  5. † Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2000.
  6. ‡ Based on data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, part of the California Health and Human Services Agency.
  7. § Small LHD = population < 50,000; Medium LHD = population 50,000-499,999; Large LHD = population ≥500,000.
  8. ¥ 1 = Primarily Urban, 2 = Urban/Rural Mix, 3 = Primarily Rural.