June 6 – 12, 2022

1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Ashley Waite Shifflett is the on-call staff member for June. Should you need assistance from the RHCC, please call 1-855-469-7422.
To request Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), mobile medical assets, or other equipment from the RHCC, please send an email request to rhcc@nwrhcc.org.

2. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition will host its monthly meeting Thursday June 9, 2022. The agenda, the March meeting minutes, and the conference dial-in information will be sent to the routine attendees on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. The meeting will be held via our Ring Central conference call line. 

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COVID-19 Pandemic
Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.

VDH has developed a COVID-19 Level of Community Transmission dashboard. This dashboard indicates the severity of the case counts in the local jurisdictions. Click here to view the dashboard.


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About the Hospital Preparedness Program

ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) provides leadership and funding through cooperative agreements to states, territories, and eligible metropolitan areas to improve the capacity of the health care system to plan for and respond to large-scale emergencies and disasters. HPP supports regional collaboration and health care preparedness and response by encouraging the development and sustainment of health care coalitions (HCC).
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1. FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates
To read about news and updates from the FDA on the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

2. FDA Drug Shortages
Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA

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Guidance related to Emergency Preparedness- Exercise Exemption based on A Facility’s Activation of their Emergency Plan
The updated guidance only applies if a facility is still currently operating under its activated emergency plan or reactivated its emergency plan for COVID-19 in 2021 or 2022. Facilities which have resumed normal operating status (not under their activated emergency plans) are required to conduct their testing exercises based on the regulatory requirements for their specific provider or supplier type. This guidance will also apply for any subsequent 12-month cycles in the future, in the event facilities continue to operate under their activated emergency plans for COVID-19 response activities.
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The InfoGram volume 22 Issue 22

  • USFA Publishes EMS Safety Practices Manual
  • AT&T Launches First Location-Based routing for Wireless 911 Calls Using Device Location Rather than Cell Towers 
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USFA Digest: June 3, 2022

  • Discover the Benefits of Live Online Training From the National Fire Academy
  • Guidance on Monkeypox for EMS Providers
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Training Calendar

1. Certified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator (CHEC)

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition is pleased to announce the opportunity to earn the CHEC certification. We are partnering with the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance to offer two courses required for certification. The Basic Course is two days, June 21-22 and the Advanced Course is one day, June 23. Both classes begin at 8:00am and end at 5:00pm. The courses will be taught at Bridgewater Rescue Squad.  Although the flyer has registration details, you cannot complete the registration without the enrollment key. For more details please contact our Exercise and Training Coordinator, Ashley Waite and see the attached flyer.
Course Announcement Flyer

2. L0146 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
This 2-day period of instruction is for those individuals that are directly involved in the planning, design and evaluation of training exercises. The intermediate-level course incorporates exercise guidance and best practices from the HSEEP Volumes.
Harrisonburg, VA
June 15-16, 2022
Course Announcement Flyer

3. V450: ICS Train-the-Trainer (ICS 100-400)
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization
June 28-29, 2022 8:30am-4:30pm
Course overview and registration

4. ICS-300 Intermediate ICS For Expanding Incidents
This 21 hour course outlines how the NIMS Command and Coordination component supports the management of expanding incidents as well as describes the incident management processes as prescribed by ICS. This course has a threaded activity that will give students the opportunity to practice implementing the incident management process and create an Incident Action Plan (IAP) for a simulated expanding incident. This course has been adapted to fit into two days without compromising learning materials for this session. This session will be hosted at the Ruckersville Volunteer Fire Company.
August 13-14, 2022
Course Announcement Flyer

1. Hospices Need a ‘Huge Catapult’ to Replenish Workforce
If enacted, the recently reintroduced Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) could make a dent in the recruitment barriers that hospices keep hitting. But clinical education will need a much larger boost to ensure a sustainable workforce, according to many providers. 
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Source: Holly Vossel of  Hospice News

2. Shooting at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa Leaves Four Dead, Plus Gunman (Latest Update)
Our breaking-news report on the shooting at the outpatient center of Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa has been significantly updated, with newly reported facts on the individuals involved and the situation
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Source: Mark Hagland of healthcare innovation

3. Emergency Managers: Ditch the Plan and Write a Playbook
More important than having a plan ahead of an emergency situation is the process of planning itself. During events, emergency managers should leave room for improvisation and adjusting to conditions as they unfold.
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Source: Brad Milliken of government technology

4. 2 Dead After Shooting at Ohio Hospital
A security guard died June 1 after he was shot by a jail inmate receiving care at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. 
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Source: Ayla Ellison of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Contrast Dye Shortage Leaves Patients in Limbo
Many hospitals are reserving contrast dye for emergency situations amid a global shortage, leaving some patients waiting weeks or months for CT scans and other imaging procedures. 
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. The Consequences of COVID-19 Reinfection: ‘Still a lot of gray’
COVID-19 reinfections are becoming a regular occurrence in the U.S. as new variants emerge and surges come and go, but experts are still unclear on the long-term ramifications of these repeat infections, according to The Atlantic.
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Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

7. Justice Department Seeks Return of Transportation Mask Mandate: 4 COVID-19 Updates
The Justice Department on May 31 asked a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling from a federal judge in Florida that voided the nation’s mask mandate on public transportation, including airplanes and airports, NPR reports. The CDC continues to recommend masking up “in crowded or poorly ventilated locations, such as the transportation corridor.” 
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Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

8. FDA: Formula Shortage Won’t End Until July, Urges Stockpile
The infant formula shortage will likely last until late July, FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, said during a Senate Health Committee meeting, The Hill reported May 26. Dr. Califf added officials need to discuss the creation of a national stockpile “as a backup” to prepare for future disruptions.
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Source: Cailey Gleeson of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW