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Intrastate Healthcare System Coordination Plan: Creating Continuity Across Planning Boundaries
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When: Wednesday, February 14th
Noon Central Time
Nebraska 68198
United States
Presenter: Erika Henry, Healthcare Preparedness Lead, Washington State Department of Health
Contact: Kristine Sanger

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  • Does each hospital in your state have a clear plan for maximizing space and resources for medical surge? How will the statewide healthcare system respond, considering assigned preparedness planning boundaries, corporate alignments, and other factors, during a large-scale medical surge event?
    How can we best equip DMCC hospitals to utilize the medical surge capabilities in all parts of our state, pushing the NDMS threshold as far out as
    possible? And which capabilities belong at which levels of response? A large part of those answers includes addressing inter-regional gaps in healthcare system planning, With a single healthcare system represented in multiple healthcare planning regions, it can be difficult for coalitions to achieve true preparedness. But when we elevate the work to an integrated approach, we're able to tighten up the gaps created by regional planning and to move toward a responsive statewide healthcare environment. The Intrastate Healthcare System Coordination Plan identified medical surge and clinical care capabilities all across the state, and it's a first major step in getting this information for all hospitals within Washington State. Resources include medical surge resources for every clinical area in each of our hospitals, as well as the resources (staff, supplies) necessary to support each new bed. Additionally, we assess the common transportation assets required to support a hospital evacuation, helping to take the guess work out of moving patients between healthcare environments.
  • Erika Henry is the Healthcare Preparedness Lead for the Washington State Department of Health, facilitating statewide initiatives to improve the resiliency of our integrated healthcare system during an emergency. She led a project to assess the catastrophic medical surge capability at every hospital in WA state.  She holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructures from University of Washington and a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

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