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.

HAP and DOH Partner to Improve Emergency Response in Pennsylvania

A partnership between The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) began during 2012.

The coalition is a PADOH-initiated partnership with HAP to refine, enhance, and test individual health care facility preparedness activities and response plans. The partnership is a regional approach to health care preparedness and works with the existing nine regional task force health and medical structures.

Regional healthcare coalitions provide information via regional websites. Contact information and website addresses for each of the coalitions are provided below:

Northern Tier Healthcare Coalition

Counties: Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Venango, Warren
Regional Manager: Matthew Linse
24-Hr: (717) 561-5254
Regional website: Northern Tier Healthcare Coalition

Healthcare Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland
Regional Manager: Jason P. Brown, CHEP, Deputy Director
24-Hr: (717) 561-5252
Regional website: Healthcare Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Keystone Healthcare Coalition

Counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder, York
Regional Manager: Scott Mickalonis, CEM
24-Hr: (717) 561-5255
Regional website: Keystone Healthcare Coalition

Southeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Coalition

Counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia
Regional Manager: Brian Barth, RN, PHRN, CHEP
24-Hr: (717) 561-5251
Regional website: Southeastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Coalition

Northeast Healthcare Coalition

Counties: Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne
Regional Manager: Jason Tomashunas, CHEP
24-Hr: (717) 561-5257
Regional website: Northeast Healthcare Coalition

East Central Healthcare Coalition

Counties: Berks, Columbia, Luzerne, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Wyoming
Regional Manager: Christopher Chamberlain , MS, RN, PHRN, CHEP
24-Hr: (717) 561-5250
Regional website: East Central Healthcare Coalition

North Central Healthcare Coalition

Counties: Bradford, Clinton, Lycoming, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga, Union
Regional Manager: Christopher Chamberlain , MS, RN, PHRN, CHEP
24-Hr: (717) 561-5250
Regional website: North Central Healthcare Coalition

For Health Care Providers: Visit HAP's Resource Center to download a state map listing contact information for Pennsylvania's regional healthcare coalitions.

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HAP News

April 06, 2020

Action Alert – Grassroots Mobilization for Health Care Funding

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a devastating impact on Pennsylvania and the nation, state legislators have the power to provide significant financial support to ensure that the Pennsylvania health care community has the means to sufficiently respond to the virus and save lives. HAP is actively advocating for additional resources from the state government, and it has become clear that lawmakers want to hear from Pennsylvania health care workers and medical providers in order to take a significant and meaningful legislative step to provide the support to health care providers on the front lines of COVID-19. 

March 27, 2020

Uptick in Health Care-Related Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks targeting the health care sector have risen dramatically during 2020 and continue to claim enterprise victims. There have been new victims of the Ryuk ransomware, which specifically targets large enterprises for large payments.


Hospitals and health care providers with information requests or questions related to COVID-19, or who need support from HAP's emergency management team, please call (717) 561-5258 (24-Hr) or email inquiries to hapem@haponline.org.

Media Inquiries

Please direct all media inquiries to Rachel Moore, HAP's media relations director.

HAP Contacts

For help with your disaster planning and coordination efforts, please contact HAP’s emergency management regional manager for your region.

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