HAP’s Tom Grace in Texas to Support Medical Response to Harvey
August 29, 2017
Tom Grace, vice president, emergency preparedness for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), has been deployed to support Texas medical operations as a member of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) team from Pennsylvania. Grace serves as a NDMS Federal Disaster Team Commander.
The NDMS is a federally coordinated health care response system in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Defense, and Veterans Affairs. The purpose of the NDMS is to support state and local authorities following disasters and emergencies by supplementing health and medical systems and response capabilities.
Grace is part of a 35-person team that received orders on August 28, and is expected to support Texas medical operations until approximately September 10.
“This is an all-hands-on-deck situation as Texas hospitals work around the clock to treat patients and coordinate response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey,” said Grace. “Our duty as Federal Disaster Team Commanders is to do whatever we can to provide assistance. We are ready, willing, and able to help.”
HAP’s Emergency Preparedness team works with hospitals and government agencies across Pennsylvania to help them prepare for and coordinate their responses to emergent situations as they arise. The team has assisted with statewide, regional, and local response efforts, as well as large-scale events, hurricanes and other weather disasters, and cybersecurity issues.