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When Disaster Strikes, Hospitals Are There

By Rick Pollack
October 6, 2017

The recent events in Las Vegas are shocking, tragic, and heartbreaking. Our country mourns for the many lives lost, and we continue to care for the many more who were injured and are recovering. It’s hard to imagine the pain of those affected and their families. Our prayers and the nation’s are with them in this tragedy.

In this crisis, the women and men of Las Vegas’s hospitals and health systems heroically stepped forward to help the more than 500 victims hospitalized. Hundreds... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, advocacy, disaster readiness, leadership, members

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September 28, 2017

Natural disasters may shut down towns and cities, but they can’t shut down the human spirit. And in hospitals throughout Puerto Rico ravaged by historic storms, the spirit of caring, curing and compassion has been reflected steadily thoughout these difficult times.

We have been in close coordination with the Puerto Rico Hospital Association as it works with its hospitals and local and federal agencies to respond and rebuild. We have offered assistance and will continue to provide... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, leadership, members

Dedicated team deals with disaster

September 15, 2017

By Allen Weiss, M.D.

Hurricane Irma brought out our best as the NCH team exceeded expectations. Before, during, and after the storm we shared the following communications with our colleagues that show the “inside story” of how we think and execute. We also had Naples Daily News (NDN) Reporter Liz Freeman embedded with us as both NCH and the NDN believe keeping those we serve well informed helps everyone.


Pre Irma: We understand that these can be difficult and anxious times as... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness, leadership

Prepared to Care

By Rick Pollack
September 9, 2016

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of that fateful day when hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania received the call to prepare for victims of terrorist attacks. Nurses, doctors, emergency workers and others worked side by side, relying on teamwork and training to assist those who needed help. There is a picture I keep in my office taken on that clear blue day on Sept. 11, 2001 of doctors, nurses and administrators... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Emergency Preparedness

Hospitals: Always There, Ready to Care

By Rick Pollack
November 20, 2015

The tragic Paris terrorist attacks reminds our country of the important work that the women and men of America’s hospitals do every day to keep our nation safe. That’s because we’re prepared, not only for the expected but also the unthinkable. Hospitals accept the challenge of being “Always There, Ready to Care” and devote considerable time and resources to preparedness activities. We’ve seen this demonstrated time and time again, and this is just one of the many essential public... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, disaster readiness

Preparedness Pays Off

By Rick Pollack
October 9, 2015

Preparedness has paid off for hospitals responding to a host of recent disasters -- unprecedented flooding on the East Coast, a tragic college shooting and ferocious fires on the West Coast and more. In every case, they put well-practiced disaster plans into action to care for patients under challenging conditions. For example, South Carolina hospitals prepared for potential evacuations and identified ways to cope with an uncertain water supply. Oregon hospitals came together to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, preparedness, emergency care

Ready to Care

By Rich Umbdenstock
May 22, 2015

On Memorial Day, we honor the courageous service of the men and women who paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom. The weekend is also a time to kick off summer with parades and picnics, sun and family fun. While many are making plans for their vacations, the women and men of America’s hospitals never diverge from one important plan: they are always there to care when people need them. The recent tornadoes and floods remind us that summer brings more than sunshine. Hospitals... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Emergency Preparedness, Community health, disaster readiness, preparedness

America's Hospitals: There For You When You Need Us

By Caroline Steinberg
March 13, 2015

Hospitals’ unique role as a 24/7 health care provider is never more critical than during a disaster. Hospitals provide more than just care for the ill and injured – they are centers for relief and recovery, offer food and shelter for those in need, and help patients and communities begin the healing process. 

The report “Always There, Ready to Care” highlights hospitals’ role as the center of every emergency and explores challenges that hospitals are facing maintaining 24/7... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Community health, Coverage, access, disaster readiness, preparedness

Always There, Ready to Care

By Rich Umbdenstock
March 13, 2015

How many facilities in your community are ready to serve you every hour of every day of every week – especially in times of emergency? How many are willing and able to take care of anyone who walks in the door? Your first thought, correctly, might be your local police or fire department. But America’s hospitals, especially their emergency departments, are proud to be first responders, too. In many communities, only hospital EDs can care for our neighbors with emergent and urgent... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: socioeconomic status, Emergency Preparedness, Coverage, Redefining the H, access, disaster readiness, preparedness

America's Hospitals: Always There, 24/7

By Caroline Steinberg
March 12, 2015

The role of hospitals is unique: always there, for all patients, ready to care, from the routine to the catastrophic. But the new report “Always There, Ready to Care,” shows how rising demand, constrained capacity and the erosion of financing to meet community needs are putting this role at risk.

At the same time hospitals are undergoing a major shift, building collaborative teams that are improving the coordination of health care. They're partnering with other health care... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: site neutral payment, population health, Emergency Preparedness, Medicare, Coverage, Redefining the H, advocacy, Medicaid, disaster readiness, preparedness



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