Disaster can strike at any time. The local hospital often is the focal point for health care in a community. It is essential that hospitals always be ready to respond—not only by treating the sick and injured but also by coordinating with partners to ensure that medications, supplies and personnel are deployed to meet the demand for medical services.
A new report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association summarizes the role the Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Program (WHEPP) has played in helping hospitals prepare for the unexpected in their communities. Created in 2002 by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), WHEPP is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
As administered by DHS in partnership with WHA and other stakeholders, WHEPP’s mission is to support the emergency preparedness efforts of hospitals and other health care partners by providing equipment, supplies, resources, training and infrastructure. WHA also supports their member hospitals by providing emergency preparedness information and coordination and communications assistance related to disaster response.
WHA and WHEPP will continue to be resources to hospitals and their partners in the community. To learn more, contact Andrew Brenton, WHA, firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-274-1820.
See the report here.