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HAP Testimony
Comments regarding the Commonwealth’s Hospital Preparedness Partnership Program

HAP Testimony
On Pennsylvania hospitals’ Ebola preparedness

HAP Memo 15-03
Preparing for World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit Sept 21-27 (Feb 2015)

Key Facts
On Ebola virus preparations in PA hospitals

PA Regional Task Forces Map
Map of PA emergency preparedness regions

Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Project
Overview of the HAP and DOH preparedness initiative

Comment Letter
On proposed rule on emergency preparedness conditions of participation

HAP Statement
Statement on Preventing Injuries and Deaths from Firearms

Emergency Preparednes Team

Mark Ross, Vice President, Emergency Preparedness

Jason Brown, Deputy Director, Emergency Preparedness

Regional Managers

Brian Barth, Southeast Region

Matthew Linse, Northwest and Northwest Central

Christopher Chamberlain, North Central and East Central

Jason Tomashunas, Northeast, East Central

Scott Mickalonis, South Central, South Central Mountain

Regional Impact

As part of a major metropolitan area, southeastern Pennsylvania has developed a strong disaster preparedness infrastructure. Southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals and health care facilities have adopted a zone structure to support effective communication and mutual support in the event of a disaster. The region holds joint training exercises and has developed media protocols and other tools for use during emergencies. Learn more

HAP and DOH Partner to Improve Emergency Response in Pennsylvania

HAP and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) are partnering in a five-year initiative to support and enhance health care preparedness and response efforts across the state.   

As part of this initiative, HAP staff is available to assist all Pennsylvania health care facilities, whether HAP members or not, with:

  • Facility and regional all-hazards planning, training, and exercises 
  • Development of regional Hazard Vulnerability Assessments     
  • Enhancement of regional and cross-regional Mutual Aid Agreements     
  • Implementation of Knowledge Center—a statewide, web-based situational awareness and health care coordination program ·         
  • Providing staff support of health and medical personnel at the local, regional, or state level        
  • Participation in coalition (health and medical committee) meetings and support with regional planning and response coordination   

If you would like help with your disaster planning and coordination efforts, please contact HAP’s emergency preparedness regional manager for your region.


Sign Up for:

Knowledge Center Healthcare Incident Management System
Web-based tool to aid emergency managers and health care facility leadership with management of emergency incidents

PA Health Alert Network (PA-HAN)
Provides health-related alerts from the PA Health Alert Network to registered recipients

PA Facilities Resource Emergency Database
Provides information about an emergency to providers in affected areas and enables providers to report information about available resources


State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania
Hospital staff (of all disciplines) interested in volunteering during disasters should register with the Department of Health's SERVPA website

Health Facility Resources:

FEMA Reimbursement for Acute Care Hospitals

Provides an overview of FEMA's reimbursement process for declared disaster-related expenses

HHS HPP Guidance for Health Care Systems
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hospital preparedness program guidance


PA Prepared Learning Management System
Web-based education programs related to public health and emergency preparedness

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December 02, 2019

It’s National Influenza Week, Providing Important Reminder about Importance of Flu Shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named December 1–7 National Influenza Vaccination Week, highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination, even now that the holiday season has begun.

October 02, 2019

Recovery, the Toughest Part of an Emergency

Recovering from a large-scale emergency is the most difficult and longest-lasting phase of an incident. HAPevolve’s four-part series about emergency preparedness concludes with a look at recovery. 

September 30, 2019

PA Hospital Employees Share Personal Stories of Workplace Violence, Urge State Lawmakers to Help Improve Workplace Safety

At a listening session recently held at UPMC Altoona, staff from five Pennsylvania hospitals shared with lawmakers personal stories illustrating the urgent need for legislation to help improve workplace safety for health care workers. Pennsylvania hospitals are calling for passage of several measures currently under consideration in the state legislature.

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November 13, 2018

The New Normal? 7 Ways Bigger Hurricanes Could Test Health Care Emergency Preparedness

September 26, 2014

Be Prepared: The Boy Scout Motto Still Holds True!

Fellow health care colleagues and first responders, we all have experience in preparing for and responding to emergencies, from the impact of severe weather to the emergence of new diseases. We know what we need to do during these events; however, if a disaster happened today, would you―as a person, and not a health care professional or first responder—be ready?

February 14, 2014

Shelter from the Storm

How 300 seniors got warm again thanks to southeastern Pennsylvania’s spirit of cooperation and readiness for emergencies.

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