December 12 – 18, 2022














1. Monthly RHCC On-Call

Each month, the NWRHCC has a different person on call to handle after hours emergency needs. Ron Clinedinst is the duty officer for December. 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

2. Regional Coalition Meeting

The Northwest Region Healthcare Coalition monthly meeting for January (12th) will be at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Thank you to the staff at SRMH for hosting the meeting. 

Credit: Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Credit: Virginia Department of Health

1. COVID-19 Pandemic
Information related to the pandemic can be found on VDH’s and VHHA’s respective websites.
Want to know more, read here »

2. Virginia Department of Health Weekly Influenza Activity Report
The Virginia Department of Health offers a weekly report that tracks visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers for influenza-like illness.
Want to know more, read here »

3. Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program (HAI High Sign Newsletter)
Our HAI/AR Program newsletter, the HAI High Sign is published on a regular basis and distributed electronically to hospital infection preventionists, key stakeholders from other healthcare facilities and membership organizations, as well as health department staff.
Want to know more, read here »


Credit: Health & Human Services

Credit: Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response



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

         Credit: Hospital Preparedness Program



The Exchange, Issue 16: Decedent Management in Disasters
December 2022

While decedent management may not be the first thing we think of when we imagine healthcare emergency management, to victims’ loved ones, it is possibly the most important component of the process. This issue of The Exchange features the following articles:

 Clinician Outreach Communication Activity - Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. COCA fosters partnerships with national clinician organizations to strengthen information-sharing networks before, during, and after a public health emergency.
Want to know more, read here » 

Credit: U.S. Food & Drug Administration

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

3. Medical Device Shortage Update

Medical Device Shortages During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Credit: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

New CMS Training Materials on Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

Today, CMS released a new, high-level training video and infographic about the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA). These public-facing materials provide a general overview of EMTALA requirements and information on how to file a complaint against a provider/supplier if an individual feels EMTALA has been violated.

EMTALA guarantees access to emergency medical services regardless of an individual’s ability to pay and protects against unnecessary patient transfer to another facility. This includes rights regarding:

  • Screening
  • Stabilizing treatment
  • Delay in examination or treatment
  • Appropriate transfer

Anyone can file an EMTALA complaint with the State Survey Agency. The State Survey Agency will investigate the issue and, when appropriate, verify corrective action is taken to ensure the hospital is no longer in violation of EMTALA.

For further information on EMTALA, visit CMS’ Quality, Safety and Education Portal (QSEP) at

Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Credit: U.S. Fire Administration

 Credit: U.S. Fire Administration


1. The Infogram Volume 22 Issue 48

• FCC proposes rules to strengthen the security of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts
• Cyber Threats
• More
Read More »

2. NIMS Alert 24-22
FEMA published the National Continuous Improvement Guidance, which provides an approach to conduct consistent and rigorous continuous improvement activities before, during and after real-world incidents. The guidance is intended for the whole community, including state, local, tribal and territorial partners; nongovernmental organizations; the private sector; and other organizations with emergency management functions. FEMA will host a series of 60-minute webinar sessions to launch the National Continuous Improvement Guidance

• Webinar 1: 1 – 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 1. (Guest Speaker: MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region 3 Administrator)
• Webinar 2: 12 – 1 p.m. ET on Nov. 7. (Guest Speaker: John Benson, Director, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)
• Webinar 3: 4 – 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 17. (Guest Speaker: Melanie Bartis, Deputy Coordinator, Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management)
• Webinar 4 – Spanish-speaking session: 11 a.m. – 12 noon ET on Dec. 2. (Guest Speakers: Jose Marchand, Lead Continuity Analyst, and Michelle Ortiz, Continuous Improvement Coordinator, FEMA Region 2, Puerto Rico Caribbean Area Office)
• Webinar 5: 10 – 11 a.m. ET on Dec. 13. (Guest Speaker: Clint Osborn, Deputy Director, District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency)

To register for a webinar, please visit

Credit: Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Credit: Virginia Fusion Center

1. G191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface
This one day course works best when delivered to Incident Command System and Emergency Operations Center personnel from the same community. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface. Prerequisites: Recommended: IS-100, IS-200 or equivalents. Required for Advanced Professional Series certification.

Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 18, 2023

2. V450 ICS Train-the-Trainer
This train-the-trainer course is specifically for persons interested in teaching VDEM ICS sponsored courses for their agency or organization. Participants will learn valuable tips on how to teach each of the ICS courses from experienced instructors. Participants will review the content of each ICS course and develop teaching and facilitation strategies to support the delivery of ICS courses within their agency or organization. Upon successful completion of this course, individuals will be authorized to teach the Introduction, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Incident Command System courses (ICS 100 – 400), as well as the ICS for Senior Executives/Elected Officials course (ICS-402). Participants completing V450 must be available as an ICS Sponsored Instructor for at least 12 months after completing this class.
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 25-26, 2023
8:00am to 4:30pm
Read More »

3. G205 Recovery from Disaster: The Local Community Role
This course provides an introduction to disaster recovery principles and includes current recovery practices and policies as outlined in the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF).
Where: Farmville EOC
116. N. Main St. Farmville, VA
When: January 31 – February 1, 2023

4. Region 3 National Emergency Management Basic Academy
The National Emergency Management Basic Academy is the essential program for individuals committed to emergency management as a professional goal. Similar to basic academies operated by the fire service and law enforcement communities, the National Emergency Management Basic Academy provides learners with a broad foundation in emergency management policy and practice.
Where: Liberty University in Lynchburg
(L0101) Foundations of Emergency Management – August 14-18, 2023
(L0102) Science of Disaster – September 19-21, 2023
(L0103) Planning: Emergency Operations – October 17-18, 2023
(L0146) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) – November 15-16, 2023
(L0105) Public Information and Warning – December 12-14, 2023
To view current offerings and register for these courses, please log in to the Commonwealth of Virginia Learning Center:

5: HealthAware Q4 – 2022

Healthcare related open-source email bulletins geared towards issues relevant to healthcare professionals. These products will include information regarding security of facilities and active shooter readiness, pandemic and infectious disease information, bio-terrorism trends, and news and other healthcare related Shield content.




Credit: 123RF

Training Calendar

SKYWARN® – Basics
Attend the SKYWARN class to become an official National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington D.C. SKYWARN Weather Spotter. Warren County Fire and Rescue is partnering with the National Weather Service to provide free training, to anyone in the community. 
Where: 200 Skyline Vista Dr 200 Skyline Vista Drive Front Royal, VA 22630
When: December 16, 2022
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Register Here

1. Volume of Backorders is ‘unprecedented,’ Says WVU Medicine Materials Management Director
From tracheostomy tubes and syringes to amoxicillin and dozens of other drugs, medical supply chains are hindered by ongoing issues to access raw materials and enough staff, The State Journal reported Dec. 4. 
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Paige Twenter of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

2. Children’s Hospitals Still Under Pressure as RSV Peak Nears
Many children’s hospitals are still grappling with capacity challenges amid an influx of patients with respiratory illnesses, even as the surge in respiratory syncytial virus appears to be slowing in some parts of the U.S.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Mackenzie Bean of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

3. Reminder: Hospital COVID-19 Data Reporting Moves to CDC Network Dec. 15
On Dec. 15, the Department of Health and Human Services will stop collecting hospitals’ COVID-19 data through the TeleTracking portal and begin collecting the data through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network. According to HHS, there are no substantive changes to the reporting questions that hospitals are asked to submit, and hospitals and states can use the NHSN COVID-19 module to test their data reporting capability before the transition. For more information, visit the transition webpage or email the NHSN Help Desk at, noting “COVID-19 hospital” in the subject line. 
Source: AHAToday

4. A Decade High For Hospitalizations: 8 notes on This Year’s Flu Season
The nation is seeing its worst flu outbreak in more than a decade, with the CDC estimating there have already been 78,000 hospitalizations since the start of the season in October. 
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

5. Be Prepared to Treat Cholera in Travelers From Certain Countries, CDC Tells Clinicians
Clinicians should be prepared to treat cholera in travelers returning from countries with widespread cholera outbreaks, the CDC said in a Dec. 5 advisory. 
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Erica Carbajal of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

6. West Virginia Hospital Evacuates After Bomb Threat
Madison, W.Va.-based Boone Memorial Hospital was evacuated following a bomb threat on the evening of Dec. 4.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Alexis Kayser of BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW

7. Feds Warn of Cuba Ransomware Threat Targeting the Healthcare Sector
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI released a joint cybersecurity advisory Dec. 1 to warn about a Cuba ransomware threat targeting the healthcare sector.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Naomi Diaz of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

8. Hacker Steals Data of nearly 70,000 Patients From Texas Health System
Dalhart, Texas-based Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District said a hacker stole the data of nearly 70,000 of its patients.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Giles Bruce of BECKER’S HEALTH IT

9. N.C. Power Substation Sabotage Affecting Schools, Hospital
Moore County Schools were closed on Monday after Saturday’s vandalism of two Duke Energy substations, leaving about 45,000 residents without power amid temperatures that dropped below freezing.
Want to know more, read here »
Source: Robin Hattersley-Gray of CampusSafety