PCEPN Team continues to engage in citywide healthcare emergency preparedness activities spearheaded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Most recently, our team attended two meetings in support to healthcare emergency preparedness integration - New York City Health Care Coalition (HCC) Leadership Council and Emergency Preparedness Symposium (EPS). Here are the highlights from these two city-wide meetings:
New York City HCC Council Meeting (September 28, 2017)
Health and Medical Executive (HMExec) Committee:
The HMExec group was formed as a partnership between NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM), Fire Department (FDNY), NYC Health and Hospitals (NYC H+H), Greater NY Hospital Association (GNYHA), NY State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and DOHMH. It continues to meet regularly with a mission to lead health and medical partners (ESF-8) and develop a strategic direction for improved outcomes. Having achieved their objectives for the previous year (e.g. setting priorities, formalizing group structure, etc.), the group is looking forward to continuing their work in this budget year (2017-2018). Current priorities for the HMExec Committee include:
Articulate a vision for NYC healthcare system preparedness, response, and recovery through development and implementation of the NYC healthcare system playbook;
Improve NYC coastal response with a focus on receiving capacity and addressing needs of homebound individuals;
Improving mass casualty incident response with FDNY;
Better integrate HMExec to NYC response.
New 5-Year ASPR Contract:
2017 marked the beginning of the new 5-year funding period by Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The new ASPR contract focuses on 4 capabilities: 1) Foundation for health care and medical readiness; 2) Health care and medical response coordination; 3) Continuity of health care service delivery; and 4) Medical surge. The main focus for DOHMH will be the annual Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA), preparedness-response-and continuity plans, as well as the annual surge exercise.
Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA):
This year the HCC will be conducting an HVA and DOHMH presented the “Healthcare/Public Health Sector Risk Assessment Toolkit”. This toolkit is specific to healthcare/public health and is a collaboration between public and private stakeholders. It measures risk in three components: 1) Likelihood of a threat; 2) Vulnerability of operation/facility; and 3) Impact of threat. The coalition will most likely pilot the toolkit prior to rolling out and including in the HVA process.
Citywide Surge Exercise:
This year DOHMH will be conducting a city-wide surge exercise with acute care partners, e.g. hospitals. This is an ASPR requirement for the Coalition. The first year will serve as the baseline and will link to jurisdictional program performance measures for DOHMH. It will test NYC acute care sector’s ability to surge 20% in response to a coastal storm incident.
Emergency Preparedness Symposium (EPS) (October 18, 2017)
Water Service Disruption - Planning and Response Panel:
This session reviewed considerations during boil water notices issued by SDOH which may affect hospitals and other resident medical facilities (e.g. nursing homes, long-term care facilities). The panel, consisting of representatives from DOHMH and SDOH reviewed mandatory procedures and necessary steps when dealing with such notices, including procedures for bringing health care facilities’ water systems into service. The panel also shared additional documentation, checklists and frequently asked questions (FAQs). To learn more, visit SDOH webpage.
Coastal Storm Planning Panel:
This panel, consisting of representatives from NYC EM, DOHMH and SDOH, introduced the most recent version of the NYC Coastal Storm Operations Overview document. The purpose of this document is to provide healthcare facilities with an overview of potential citywide operations during a coastal storm, including planning assumptions and timelines, as well as specific considerations for coastal storms. To learn more about what you can do to prepare yourself and your facility for the coastal storm, visit DOHMH. To access the NYC Coastal Storm Operations Overview document, visit GNYHA.
To learn more about New York City Health Care Coalition and citywide healthcare preparedness activities, contact CHCANYS EM Team / PCEPN at firstname.lastname@example.org.