August 5 – 11, 2019

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition’s next meeting is the Cardinal Resolve Table Top Exercise on August 15th. The Table Top Exercise is the first of two joint exercises by VDH and VHHA. Please see the flyer below for more information.


1. Save the Dates

Upcoming exercises: We will be participating in a Joint VHHA and VDH Table Top Exercise August 15th in-place of our regional coalition meeting. This exercise is a lead-up to the Joint Full Scale Exercise October 23rd. Questions regarding the upcoming exercises, please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator, Matt Cronin. Please see the Cardinal Resolve TTX Flyer for more details.

Upcoming regional training: The Coalition will host the MGT – 349 Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness course November 18 – 19, 2019 in Harrisonburg, VA. Questions regarding upcoming training, please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator, Matt Cronin. Please see the link for more details.

2. Clinical Advisor

As part of expanding the regional coalition collaboration, the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition is seeking a part-time physician to serve as a clinical advisor. The clinical advisor will be asked to:

  • Provide clinical leadership to the coalition and serve as a liaison between the coalition and medical directors/medical leadership at health care facilities, supporting entities (e.g., blood banks), and EMS agencies.
  • Review and provide input on coalition plans, exercises, and educational activities to assure clinical accuracy and relevance.
  • Act as an advocate and resource for other clinical staff to encourage their involvement and participation in coalition activities.
  • Assure that the coalition mass casualty/surge plans provide for appropriate distribution (and re-distribution) of trauma patients to avoid overloading single centers whenever possible and work with health care facilities to understand their capabilities and capacity.
  • Assure that subject matter experts are available, and a process exists to support secondary transfer prioritization in specialty surge (e.g., burn, pediatric) mass casualty situations (i.e., identify which patients are a priority to transfer to specialty care centers when adequate transportation or inpatient resources are unavailable).
  • Engage health care delivery system clinical leaders to provide input, acknowledgement, and understanding of their facility and regional strategic and operational roles in acute medical surge planning to include CBRNE, trauma, burn, and pediatric readiness and response.


3. Memorandum of Understanding

We are pleased to announce that the Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition continues to receive 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 organization resides within the Northwest Region and you have 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.


Click here to access our website. Don’t forget to visit the Events calendar for upcoming training and exercise events.


We have developed a one page understanding of the regional coalition that can be shared between coalition partners. Please click here to view the regional “one-pager”.

Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association Credit:

Virginia Department of Health

Virginia Public Health & Healthcare Preparedness Academy will be held in Harrisonburg, VA. The dates are March 23 – 25, 2020 at the Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. Because this event will be held in the Northwest Region next year, we would ask that as many of our healthcare partners that can attend do so. We hope to make a great showing and showcase how the Northwest Region supports emergency management and preparedness efforts. Details about lodging and other topics such as allowable travel and reimbursements will be provided as we receive them. 

So, for now, please put this event on your calendar as we hope to see as many of you that can attend.

 Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


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

Hospital Preparedness Program




Hospital Preparedness for Unplanned Information Technology Downtime Events: A Toolkit for Planning and Response

This 36-page toolkit is designed to assist hospitals and other healthcare organizations with improving their readiness for unplanned information technology (IT) downtime events, which is essential in emergency preparedness. It is organized with these sections: Recognizing the Scope of the Issue; Collaborative Planning; Multidisciplinary Response Teams; Improving Response Tools; Ensuring Efficient Communication; Speeding Recovery; and Training and Exercise. (Link)

Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Credit: U.S. Food & Drug


Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


         U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Course Offerings

2019 Mass Care Symposium August 8, 2019. The day will focus on efforts to provide Mass Care services during Hurricanes Matthew and Florence, as well as best practices and pitfalls within Inclusive Planning.

CVEMA 2019 Mass Care Symposium

ICS 400 Advanced Incident Command Systems course is scheduled for August 28-29, 2019. Please see flyer for additional details.

Course Announcement ICS 400 Madison

ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents course is scheduled for September 14-15, 2019. Please see flyer for additional details.

Course Announcement ICS 300 Shenandoah

MGT-418 Readiness: Training Identification and Preparedness Planning (RTIPP) course is rescheduled for September 23-24, 2019. Please see the flyer for additional details.     

MGT418 Course Announcement – Spotsylvania VA

PER-335 Complex Coordinated Attacks (CCA) course is scheduled for October 15-16, 2019. Please see the flyer for additional details.

PER335 Course Announcement – Fredericksburg, VA

1. On one-year anniversary, CDC reports on DRC Ebola outbreak

One year after the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola, the outbreak continues in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, with 2,698 cases and 1,813 deaths to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today. The World Health Organization last month declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, citing in part the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost 2 million people on the border with Rwanda. WHO yesterday reported a second confirmed case in Goma. CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center in June to support the U.S. response to the outbreak after three travel-related cases were confirmed in neighboring Uganda, and has sent more than 200 experts to DRC, countries bordering the outbreak area and WHO headquarters. No additional cases have been reported outside of DRC and the risk to the U.S. remains low, the agency said. More than 171,000 people, including health care workers, have been vaccinated with an investigational vaccine during the outbreak, and CDC reports that border health officials have screened an estimated 79 million people at regional airports and at busy land borders between DRC and neighboring countries. For more on Ebola and the DRC outbreak, visit

Source: AHA Today

2. Central Region Healthcare Coordination Center Manager Job Opening

The Central Region is seeking candidates to fill a job opening as their Regional Healthcare Coordination Center Manager. All of the information can be found in this attachment. The closing date is August 15, 2019.