December 17- 23, 2018


Click the read more button to find out this week’s information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE), Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), and other miscellaneous sources.


Next Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition Monthly Meeting

The next regional coalition meeting is Thursday January 10th
at 10:30 am and this is our quarterly in-person meeting.
We will meet at Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, 1700 Reservoir St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Our normal meeting location, the Rockingham County Fire and Rescue Training room, is no longer available because the rooms are being converted to office space. 


 Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

VHASS has a new look

The Virginia HealthcareAlerting & Status System has a new landing page – http://vhass.org/. If you have the vhha-mci.org address bookmarked in your web browser, please make the change.  This page now offers regional contact information,upcoming events, and emergency preparedness resources. Winter weather season has arrived, please take a few minutes to update your VHASS account contact information, verify your cell phone number, and ensure your organization’s account information/personnel are up to date. 

Virginia Department of Health

1. Local Health Emergency Coordinator at the Thomas Jefferson Health District

Friends and Colleagues, 

We are now hiring for our Local Health Emergency Coordinator position at the Thomas Jefferson Health District. A job description and a  link to the job posting is below. Please forward to anyone you think would be interested in applying. 

Title and Job #: TJHD – Local Health Emergency Coordinator – #BT050

Job Description: The individual serves as the Thomas Jefferson Health District’s Local Health Emergency Coordinator, encompassing the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. Develops,maintains, and exercises TJHD’s All-hazards Emergency Operations Plan with particular emphasis on medical countermeasure dispensing, response to communicable disease outbreaks, and coordinates incident management for the health district. In addition, the position maintains related annexes including the District’s Continuity Plan, maintains and tests redundant communication devices and systems, and is the lead for the Safety Committee. Coordinates Emergency Support Function 8: Public Health and Medical planning and response(as necessary), represents the Health District at a variety of local, regional,and state emergency preparedness meetings, and leads the Health District Incident Management Team. Supervises the Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator.

Additional details including minimum and preferred qualifications are located at: http://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/133333

2. 2019 Public Health and Healthcare Preparedness Academy

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:

  • Hurricanes
  • Wildfires
  • 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)

 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Assistance Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resource Center, and Information Exchange

The Express Newsletter

ASRPR TRACIE develops a bi-monthly newsletter that can be shared with our coalition partners. To view the newsletter, click here.

Hospital Preparedness Program

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Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1. CDC Training

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer training courses that may be of interest to your or your staff. To preview the more than 1,000 courses that CDC programs, grantees, and other funded partners have developed, click here. Courses offered by CDC course providers have been approved and verified by CDC.

Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication Training – training program that draws from lessons learned during public health emergencies, and incorporates best practices from the fields of risk and crisis communication

2. Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter

Winter storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead. Prepare your home and cars. Prepare for power outages and outdoor activity. Check on older adults. 
Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
To read more on winter preparedness, please click here.


Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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         U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Federal Emergency Management Agency

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Virginia Department of Emergency Management

1. 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
Tamara.delrosario@vdem.virginia.gov
Phone: 804-897-9676

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.

2. 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.

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

3. G556 Damage Assessment Course

Dates: February 27, 2019
Times: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Zehmer Hall on UVA Grounds (Rooms C/D)
104 Midmont Ln.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
To Register: Click here http://covlc.virginia.gov
Deadline to register is February 22, 2019.
This 1 day course is designed to enable the direction of emergency response personnel and resources to the most appropriate areas and help identify the need for additional resources during an emergency or disaster.
Target Audience: This course is for state and local officials who are responsible for assessing, collecting, and reporting damages during and after any event that causes damage of private, public, and critical infrastructure.
The purpose of this course is to build local capacity for damage assessment by enabling you to develop or refine a damage assessment program for your community. In this course, you will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be able to conduct efficient and effective damage assessments in order to save lives, protect property and the environment, and to begin the process of recovery and mitigation.
Prerequisite: Recommended FEMA’s Independent Study (IS)
IS-100.b Introduction to the Incident Command System
IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS)
IS-800.b National Response Framework
IS-120.a An Introduction to Exercises
IS-130 Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning
Registration Instructions: Registration will be done electronically via the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center at: https://covlc.virginia.gov/. Deadline to register is February 22, 2019.
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.


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. St. Francis patient reportedly shoots self inside hopsital, survives

A patient reportedly smuggled a gun into the University of Kansas Health System St. Francis campus in Topeka on Dec. 14 and shot himself, according to WIBW-13 News.

Police told the publication they received a call about a shooting incident around 1:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Investigators said the unidentified patient allegedly brought the gun into the hospital in a duffle bag.

A police department spokesperson told WIBW-13 News the patient survived the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The health system did not comment to the publication on where the shooting took place inside the facility.

To access the full report, click here.

Source: Alyssa Rege of Becker’s Hospital Review

3. 3 patients die after contracting Legionnaires’ disease in Wisconsin hospital

Fourteen patients contracted Legionnaires’ disease during an outbreak linked to the water system at UW Health’s University Hospital in Madison, Wis., and three of those patients have died, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

The three patients who died all had serious, life-limiting health conditions, a hospital spokesperson told the Wisconsin State Journal. Only one patient remains in the hospital for ongoing treatment, and the other 10 have been discharged and are doing well, the spokesperson said.

In late November, UW Health reported several cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a type of pneumonia, and linked the outbreak to a change to its hot water system. Lab testing confirmed that the three patients who died had the same strain of Legionella bacteria previously found in the hospital’s water system. The other patients could not provide samples for testing, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

After the outbreak was discovered last month, the hospital flushed its hot water system with high levels of chlorine to eliminate the bacteria.

“Testing completed so far continues to show the expected reduction in the bacteria,” the hospital said in a press release, according to WISC-TV. “UW Health will continue intensive monitoring of its water system to ensure patient safety.”

Legionnaires’ is caused by bacteria that are usually present at low concentrations in tap water. People contract Legionnaires’ when they inhale droplets of water in the air that contain the Legionella bacteria, according to the CDC.

In 2016, about 6,100 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported nationwide. Until last month, no cases of the disease had been acquired at UW Hospital in 23 years, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Source: Ayla Ellison of Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

4. Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act

In the wake of critical health security authorizations already expiring, a coalition of organizations representing public health, healthcare providers,biotechnology companies, and researchers, sent a letter urging congressional leaders to approve the bipartisan Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act before Congress adjourns. A copy of the letter can be accessed by clicking here.