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Governor Wolf Expands Emergency Coordination to Support Response to Protests; HAP Emergency Management Team Assisting Hospitals

As Pennsylvanians across the state protest the death of George Floyd, Governor Tom Wolf on Saturday announced an expansion of the commonwealth’s current Response Coordination Center, housed at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Wolf also signed a disaster emergency declaration to provide additional resources and support from the Pennsylvania National Guard to Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

In a statement, Wolf expressed condolences to the family of Floyd, and urged peaceful demonstrations. “Every day, in every corner of our society, we need to work at eliminating racism,” Wolf said. “That means we need to do our part to address racism – from the smallest thought to the biggest action – here in Pennsylvania, too.”

HAP’s emergency management (EM) team—in support of the hospital community and in conjunction with its role in the COVID-19 crisis—is monitoring the impact of protests on the commonwealth’s health care facilities.

HAP EM professionals regularly work with member hospitals to support their response to a variety of planned and emergent events. They stand ready to help affected hospitals coordinate their response and ensure that all patients are able to get the care they need.

Additionally, American Hospital Association President Rick Pollack today released a statement, which condemned the killing of Floyd, and underscored the hospital community’s commitment to addressing racial disparities in health care.


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