The Center’s Emergency Preparedness Program

The Center for Health Affairs' Emergency Preparedness program plays a key role in improving the level of emergency preparedness in Northeast Ohio by working with area hospitals to increase their capacity and capability to respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters.

The Center’s work to improve emergency preparedness in Northeast Ohio has four major components:

  • Individual hospital preparedness
  • Regional hospital preparedness
  • Community healthcare entities
  • Preparedness partnerships with public health departments and public safety organizations (e.g., police, fire and emergency medical services) 

Since 2003, The Center’s emergency preparedness experts have served as the regional healthcare coordinators for 27 acute-care hospitals over a five-county region including Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain. In this role, the team assists hospitals in strengthening their abilities to respond to disastrous events through planning, coordination, collaboration and grant administration.

Funds for this emergency preparedness program are made possible by the Ohio Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and grant funding, which has been used to increase and sustain capabilities in the following federal and state initiatives:

  • Interoperable Communications
  • Bed Tracking System
  • Fatality Management
  • Hospital Evacuation / Shelter in Place / Surge
  • Partnership / Coalition Development
  • Pharmaceutical Caches 
  • Personal Protective Equipment 
  • Decontamination 
To learn more about The Center for Health Affairs’ Emergency Preparedness program, contact Beth Gatlin, RN, MA-HSM, ASPR project director, via email or at 216.255.3665, or Andrea Bishop, BSN, emergency preparedness project manager, The Center for Health affairs, via email or at 216.255.3662. 

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