Emergency Management

Pennsylvania hospitals are essential in public health and medical emergency response. They have plans in place to deal with everyday emergencies and unexpected disasters, and work to improve their response capabilities by reviewing and testing their plans, holding disaster drills, and working with first responders.

HAP’s emergency management team serves as a national model for best practices in health care coordination emergent and disaster events.

About HAP's Emergency Management Team

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Emergency Management staff support Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health care facilities as well as regional health care coalitions’ preparedness activities as they train, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

When a disaster impacts a state, region, or community, the health care system plays a crucial first responder role. From large hospitals to smaller community health centers, these entities work with emergency professionals, law enforcement, and state and federal agencies to address immediate needs and to deal with longer term recovery. Disasters may include, but are not limited to:

  • Natural disasters such as floods, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes
  • Mass casualty incidents include multiple vehicle accidents, train accidents, active shooter incidents
  • Environmental accidents such as chemical fires and spills
  • Acts of domestic and foreign terrorism
  • Public health threats such as the Ebola outbreak and flu pandemics

Often, health care and emergency personnel, as well as volunteers, are responding to life-threatening situations. They drill and train to make immediate situational assessments and practice critical decision-making to protect the public.

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HAP News

June 09, 2020

Interstate Licensure Agreement Legislation Advances

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee unanimously passed two proposals to expedite the licensure process for health care practitioners who want to be licensed in Pennsylvania.

June 09, 2020

News Release: HAP Statement on State’s Cancellation of Emergency Management Contract

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that, effective July 8, it will change vendors for its health care emergency management coordination. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) president and CEO Andy Carter released the following statement in recognition of the HAP emergency management team.

June 01, 2020

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.

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