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1. Next Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition Monthly Meeting
The next regional coalition meeting is Thursday January November 10th at 10:30 am. The meeting will be our quarterly in-person meeting. The location has not been determined yet, but we will post it here and let everyone know once we have secured the location.
2. Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) Training
The Northwest Region will host the Basic Disaster Life Support training December 7, 2018 at the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, 1700 Reservoir Street. The flyer is available and registration information is available. Please contact Matt Cronin, Exercise and Training Specialist to receive the flyer and registration details. This course is provided free of charge to the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition which includes hospitals, healthcare, public health, fire and rescue, and law enforcement. A description of the course can be found here.
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To access our website click here. Don’t forget to visit the Events calendar as we add several training events without announcing them in the weekly updates.
We have developed a one page understanding of the regional coalition that can be shared between coalition partners. To view the regional “one-pager” please click here.
1. 2019 Academy Planning Workgroup Seeks Presentations
The 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy Planning Workgroup, is soliciting requests for presentations for this years academy. Considering this year’s theme Responding to 21st Century Emerging Threats, please consider submitting an abstract for a session at the 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy.
There are five delivery format options:
- “Quick hitters”….10 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for Q&A.(1 Presenter)
- 1-hour Panel Discussion (Max. 3 Panelist plus 1 Moderator)
- 50-60 minute Breakout Session Presentation (Max. 3 Presenters)
- 3-hour Pre or Post Conference Workshop
- Poster Presentation
Please submit your submissions NO LATER than close of business Tuesday November 27, 2018 on at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BL5CFYM
After submission of abstracts, a Committee will decide on the finalists for inclusion in the 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy. As always, we will be looking to have a variety of topics, representation from each region of the state, and relevance to the theme.
Selections will be made by Friday, January 4, 2018. You will be contacted in January if your abstract is selected.
2. 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy (UPDATE)
The 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy will be held on March 19-21,2019 at the Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. The theme this year for the Academy is Responding to 21st Century Emerging Threats.
The Northwest Region will reimburse attendees who are employed by the partners located within the region. For additional information, please contact Matt Cronin, Exercise and Training Specialist, Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition.
The Founders Inn has started accepting reservations for rooms. The link to book a room can be found here. You may also call 757-366-5700 to book reservations under this group. The Founders Inn and Spa is officially a Hilton Hotel! Our new name is The Founders Inn and Spa, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. If you are Hilton Honors members you can use your Hilton Honors Points to stay at the hotel. If you are not a member, you can join here.
Group Name: Virginia Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy
Arrival Date: 18-Mar-2019
Departure Date: 22-Mar-2019
Group code: VPH
Examples of 21st Century Threats Include:
- Environmental impacts of fracked gas pipelines
- Civil unrest/terrorism
- Gun violence
- Opioid epidemic
- Emerging biological threats
- Cybersecurity threats
- Increasing stress on the social determinants of health (economic insecurity, etc)
3. ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
Course: ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
When: Wednesday, November 28 – 1:00 pm-5:00 pm; Thursday & Friday, November 29 & 30, 2018 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Central Shenandoah EMS Council : Room Training Room
2312 W Beverly St., Staunton, Virginia United States 24401
Description: This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities to serve in a command or general staff position. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use. Please see this flyer for additional details.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of accredited versions of: (Required) IS 100 and IS 200 – (recommended) IS 700 and IS 800.
Registration: https://www.train.org/virginia/course/1014182/live_event [Train Course # 1014182]
1. L0103 Planning Emergency Operations and L0102 Science of Disaster
The L0102 classes have been rescheduled. They are both in the COVLC and ready for you to register! https://covlc.virginia.gov/
L0102 – Science of Disaster
December 11-13, 2018
The location for both classes is still the same: Spotsylvania Fire & Rescue, 4804 Bancroft Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22408(click the link for directions)
NOTE: Click here to visit the VDEM Training, Education, and Exercise Division webpage. Contact the HelpDesk at 804-897-9995 or email LMSHelp@vdem.virginia.gov if you have questions about a VDEM course or accessing the Virginia Learning Center.
2. G191 EOC/ICS Interface
Dates: December 6, 2018
Times: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Orange County Rescue Squad
151 Berry Hill Road
Orange, VA 22960
Description: The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community.
Target Audience: This course is intended for ICS and EOC personnel. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface.
Prerequisite: Recommended: IS-100, IS-200 or equivalents
Registration Instructions: Registration will be done electronically via the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center at: https://covlc.virginia.gov/. Deadline to register is Dec. 1, 2018.
If you need help or have questions, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995, 8-5 M-F or email:LMSHelp@vdem.virginia.gov. Deadline to register is December 1, 2018.
3. ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
Dates: January 9-10, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Madison Fire Station, 1223 North Main ST, Madison, VA 22727
Description: This 18-hour classroom course is designed for front-line personnel with supervisory responsibilities to serve in a command or general staff position. The three-day curriculum includes instruction in general principles associated with incident command, along with various tabletop exercises that allow students to put this knowledge to practical use.
Prerequisites: Applicants must document completion of all of the following prerequisites to be considered for enrollment. Successful completion of accredited versions of: (Required) IS 100 and IS 200 – (recommended) IS 700 and IS 800.
Please email certificates to:
Tamara Del Rosario
Academic Support Technician
Registration: Registration is OPEN and will remain open until January 4, 2019. To register, log-in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learn Center: https://covlc.virginia.gov/. When searching for this course in the VLC, use this keyword: ICS 300. Be sure to select the ICS 300 (11) option from the list. If you need assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 804-897-9995.
4. L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management
Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming L0101 Foundations of Emergency Management course. This two-week course is the first of five in the EM Basic Academy program. This course is highly recommended for new as well as experienced members of the emergency management community as it provides a comprehensive view of the profession’s core functions, policies, and goals. To this end, this course is required for all VDEM staff. Click here for more information and the application packet.
Dates: Week 1: February 4-8, 2019
Location: McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center, 4890 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Dates: Week 2: March 4-8, 2019
Location: Virginia Department of Emergency Management, 10501 Trade Court, N. Chesterfield, VA 23236
Please submit your completed application by November 16th. If you have questions, please contact Candice Crockett.
Interim Academic Support Coordinator
Training, Education and Exercise Division
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 897-9780 office
(804) 385-7487 cell
1. Memorandum of Understanding
We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition has begun receiving requests to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the coalition and non-hospital facilities. The MOU is designed for healthcare facilities that are not classified as an Acute Care or Critical Access hospital, and it is good for five (5) years before it will need to be renewed. If your your organizations resides with the Northwest Region and has not signed the MOU, you can contact either the Regional Coordinator or the Medically Vulnerable Populations Coordinator to find out more details.
We are expanding our outreach to healthcare agencies within the region as a way of offering assistance to you and your organization. We ask for everyone’s help to spread the word by talking with your colleagues about the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition. You can contact us by clicking the Contact Us tab on our website.
2. 4 dead, Including Gunman, in Shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital
A gunman opened fire at the Mercy Hospital & Medical Center campus in Chicago the afternoon of Nov. 19, killing a Chicago police officer, a physician and a first-year pharmacy resident, according to CBS Chicago.
It is unclear whether the reported gunman, 32-year-old Juan Lopez, took his own life or was killed by police, WGN 9 reports.
The shooting stemmed from a domestic violence incident involving Mr. Lopez’s former fiancee, Tamara O’Neal, MD, an emergency room physician, according to WGN 9. The shooting began as an argument in the hospital parking lot between Mr. Lopez and Dr. O’Neal, Mr. Lopez’s first victim.
Dayna Less, 25, a pharmacy resident who recently graduated from Purdue University, was shot as she left an elevator, according to WGN 9. Chicago police officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, was in a shootout with Mr. Lopez and later died after being taken to University of Chicago Medicine — a level 1 trauma center. He joined the force in February 2017, the Chicago Tribune reports.
At the time of the attack, Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that there were “reports of multiple victims.”
CBS Chicago cited dispatch reports that a woman had been shot, as well as an officer.
About 200 patients were being treated at Mercy, but authorities only evacuated the hospital’s emergency room.
Mercy Hospital posted a tweet at 2:41 p.m. Nov. 19 stating, “A shooting took place at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center this afternoon. The shooting at Mercy Hospital is over. Chicago Police Department have secured the hospital and patients are safe.”
Mercy conducted an active shooter drill just last month, Mercy CMO Michael Davenport told the Chicago Tribune.
The rest of the article can be found here.
Source: Julie Spitzer of Becker’s Hospital Review
3. Pan Flu Scamble, Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response NFPA Standard, Ethical Considerations in Disaster Resource Allocation
The Emergency Management and Response – Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) has provided some great information for all of our regional partners in this week’s The InfoGram. This week’s articles includes a free tabletop exercise whereby users will test their pandemic and surge plans and capabilities. The exercise was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A reminder that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has established a standard for preventing incidents and protecting individuals from mass violence. Lastly, how disaster resource allocations must take the ethical decision making processes into consideration.
This week’s article can be found here.
Source: Emergency Management and Response – Information Sharing and Analysis Center
4. Question of the Week
Q: In a clinical scenario, what criteria should be considered when deciding to demobilize during an incident?
A: The criteria to implement demobilization will vary incident by incident, but fundamental considerations will be:
- The number of incoming patients is declining to a manageable level using normal staffing patterns and resources
- There is no secondary rise in patient volume expected
- Other responders are beginning their demobilization
- Other critical community infrastructure returns to normal operations