What is Virginia Doing about Healthcare Coalitions?

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) work with the healthcare facilities and hospitals that have been split up into six healthcare coalitions, or HCCs. These HCCs help the health care facilities and response organizations work together to develop emergency preparedness plans and responses activities. Topics they work on include:
  • Strategic planning
  • Operational planning Information sharing
  • Resource coordination and management
Each HCC has a Regional Healthcare Coordinating Center (RHCC) that acts as a hub in the event of a public health or healthcare emergency. While the RHCC serves as the liaison between the region and the VDH, each coalition is able to define the level of information exchange. Each RHCC has these responsibilities for the healthcare facilities in its region:
  • Facilitate uniform situational awareness during response
  • Provide central coordination of regional response activities and sharing of healthcare resources
  • Disseminate information with the region at the request of VDH and VHHA
  • Coordinates status/patient distribution within the region
  • Request assistance from other regions, or the state and federal governments
To find your regional coalition, check the map below, or complete this brief form and we’ll connect you with a representative from your regional HCC.
 

For more information on Virginia’s Healthcare Coalitions, see the Virginia Department of Health web page.
 
The best way to ensure the smoothest response possible from your HCC is to practice. There are several ways to conduct exercises where many capabilities can be assessed. Those areas include communication, the EOC management, public information, and logistics.
 
Crisis Prevention & Response, Inc. is partnering with the North Carolina Triangle Coalition (NCTC) to conduct a series of exercises that will test their medical surge capability. Medical surge can arise from many causes, and this exercise scenario is a hurricane impacting the coast of North Carolina, requiring the evacuation of patients and long-term care residents inland.
 
The main event is a three-day, multi-level, multi-discipline exercise involving 40+ agencies over 21 counties. NCTC is made up of the three Healthcare Coalitions in the Research Triangle area: Duke, Mid-Carolina, and CapRAC.
 
To schedule your own training event or exercise, contact us today.

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