January 7 -13, 2019


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 rooms, is no longer available because the rooms are being converted to office space. 


We are currently working to schedule the upcoming Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS), Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS), and Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinators (CHEC) courses. We are hoping to schedule the Basic Disaster Life Support course in April 2019. Once the dates and locations are confirmed, we will update our Events calendar located on our website. Please check back often for this and all of our educational offerings.


Wow! Our website has reached over 1,800 viewers. Let’s keep it going by informing anyone who has an interest in the Northwest Region Coalition and the information we provide.

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.

 Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Virginia Department of Health

1. Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report

To view the weekly report, click here. This link will be provided each week until we are no longer in flu season for the 2018-2019 reporting period. To view the map of the US for the influenza summary, click here.

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 hereYou 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


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

Hospital Preparedness Program




Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

1. Planning Resources by Setting: Long Term, Acute, and Chronic Care

Individuals living in long-term, acute, and chronic care settings are among the most vulnerable populations during a public health emergency. Therefore, it is important for caregivers and planners who care for persons residing in these settings to be prepared and know how to respond in the midst of an emergency. The following resources are intended to provide guidance and assistance for long-term, acute, and chronic care facilities on how to plan for public health emergencies.

Healthcare Preparedness and Response Team Tools

  • Long-Term, Home Health, and Hospice Care Planning Guide for Public Health Emergencies
    The Long-Term, Home Health, and Hospice Care Planning Guide for Public Health Emergencies was developed to help improve the planning efforts of these healthcare entities and their coordination and integration within the community. This Planning Guide focuses on six topic areas: situational awareness, continuity of operations, facility or agency operations, crisis standards of care, staffing, and fatality management. Each topic area is presented in a manner that allows the user to develop needed sections in a facility or agency’s emergency preparedness and response plan.

Other Tools

Reports and Guidance

2. Planning Resources by Setting: Outpatient Clinics and Urgent Care

Outpatient clinics and urgent care facilities often serve as an alternative place to receive healthcare when individuals are unable to get to a hospital. In the midst of a public health emergency, these settings may see an increase in the number of patients they treat. The following tools are intended to provide guidance and assistance to outpatient providers and staff on how to plan for emergencies in their community.

Reports and Guidance

Disaster Preparedness: A Guide for Chronic Dialysis Facilities – Second Edition
Developed by the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition, this guide is intended to aid end stage renal disease (ESRD) Networks, CMS, renal‐related organizations, and other groups to ensure timely and efficient disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts are achieved in order to secure ESRD patient access to dialysis treatment or kidney transplant medicine during a public health emergency.

3. Supply Chain Disaster Preparedness Manual

The Supply Chain Disaster Preparedness Manual is designed to help supply chain managers become more familiar with the hazard scenarios likely to impact their facilities or systems and their communities.

This manual was developed with significant input from subject matter experts. To that end, its purpose is to help supply chain managers

  • Become more familiar with the hazard scenarios likely to impact their facility or system as well as their community.
  • Develop supply chain-related plans to help respond to these scenarios.
  • Begin developing an all-hazards cache of medical supplies to ensure a hospital or healthcare system is prepared for these hazard scenarios.

The primary target audience includes healthcare supply chain managers and healthcare (facility) emergency managers. Other users of the manual could include healthcare supply distributors, healthcare administrators, clinicians, and government and nonprofit professionals involved in disaster planning and response.

The Framework can help communities address the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) capabilities.

Get started!

The Tool contains multiple chapters, all of which can be used in sequence or independently.   The Word document may be downloaded and customized for your own community’s needs.

Supply Chain Disaster Preparedness Manual


Please contact the team at healthcareprepared@cdc.gov

Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


         U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Virginia Department of Emergency Management

1. 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

2. 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. Florida hospital shuttered by Hurricane Irma to be demolished by summer 2019

A Florida hospital closed since 2017 after sustaining damage from Hurricane Irma will be demolished, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Florida Hospital Oceanside in Ormond Beach, part of Orlando-based Florida Hospital, was put up for sale Oct. 19. The hospital also sustained damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. After Irma pummeled the facility last year, the initial plan was to reopen the hospital after 18 months, but the wind and water damage was too great.

Workers will begin to demolish the 80-bed hospital Jan. 7, but the demolition likely won’t be complete until the summer, a hospital spokesperson told the News-Journal.

“The entire razing process is expected to take several months and should be completed by summer 2019,” the spokesperson said. “We’ve developed an environmentally conscientious plan to ensure recyclable items stay out of landfills and are repurposed when possible.”

Source:Megan Knowles of Becker’s Hospital Review

3. Bill Gates: We aren’t ready for deadly flu pandemic

In his annual “What I learned at work this year” letter, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said he believes the next deadly epidemic will be the flu — and humanity may not be equipped to handle it.

In the letter, Mr. Gates reflected on the issues of the last year and predicted what may happen next year. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, which infected 500 million people worldwide and killed about 50 million, according to the CDC.

“I had hoped that hitting the 100th anniversary of this epidemic would spark a lot of discussion about whether we’re ready for the next global epidemic,” Mr. Gates wrote. “Unfortunately, it didn’t, and we still are not ready.

“If anything is going to kill tens of millions of people in a short time, it will probably be a global epidemic. And the disease would most likely be a form of the flu, because the flu virus spreads easily through the air,” Mr. Gates wrote. “Today a flu as contagious and lethal as the 1918 one would kill nearly 33 million people in just six months.”

Developing a universal flu vaccine is crucial for keeping a global outbreak from happening, but researchers still face challenges in making this vaccine, Mr. Gates said.

“The problem is a long way from being solved, but new research money is coming in and more scientists are working on it,” he wrote. “The world needs to develop a global system for monitoring and responding to epidemics. That is a political matter that requires international cooperation among government leaders. This issue deserves a lot more focus.”

To read the full letter, click here.

Source:Megan Knowles of Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control