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DOH, HAP Continue to Partner on Emergency Preparedness

March 30, 2017

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and HAP have finalized their partnership in support of the Emergency Preparedness Services component of DOH’s Health Care Preparedness Program. 
 
Under this agreement, HAP emergency preparedness staff work to advance the emergency preparedness, management, and response capabilities of hospitals, nursing homes, and other providers involved in Pennsylvania’s nine regional health care coalitions. All general acute care hospitals in Pennsylvania participate in their local coalitions.
 
In the event of a large-scale emergency, the health care system’s readiness is crucial to incident response and management. Hospitals and other providers must be ready to coordinate and quickly care for disaster victims and to promote public safety.
 
Looking ahead to the next 12 months, the HAP preparedness team and regional coalitions are planning the resources needed to:

  • Sustain established readiness and response capabilities
  • Plan and implement projects and initiatives to enhance those capabilities
  • Conduct training, exercises, and plan review and revision in alignment with government requirements

For more information, please contact Tom Grace, RN, PhD, HAP’s vice president, emergency preparedness.

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