Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalitions
The Georgia Healthcare Preparedness Coalitions have been formed to help bridge gaps and improve healthcare preparedness for disasters. County, community, or organizational plans alone may not be sufficient to take care of the health care needs during and after a disaster, therefore a regional approach is needed to improve the continuity of healthcare. Healthcare organizations planning together will create a more prepared and resilient healthcare system.
Recognizing that hospitals alone are not sufficient to take care of the health care needs after a disaster, Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalitions include but are not limited to:
- Community Health Centers
- Emergency Management Agencies (EMA)
- Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Nursing Homes
- Public Health
- Home Health
- Mental/Behavioral Health Providers
- Dialysis Centers
What are the Benefits of Membership in a Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition?
- Build new and stronger relationships with other healthcare organizations
- Learn about available resources in the community
- Have your concerns heard
- Have access to training and grant funding
- Be involved in regional coordinated emergency response plans
- Meet some of the requirements related to emergency plans and exercises
How Can My Organization Join a Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition?
Contact your Regional Coordinating Hospital (RCH) for more information about the Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition in your area.
Catoosa, Dade, Gordon, Walker
Hamilton Medical Center (Regional Coordinating Hospital)
Jerry Tatum, Director of Public Safety, 706-272-6081
Darryl Camp, Healthcare Liaison, 706-272-2342
Bartow, Chattooga, Floyd, Haralson, Polk
Floyd Medical Center (Regional Coordinating Hospital)
Kenna Baker, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, 706-509-6946
Amber Smith, Healthcare Liaison, 706-676-6680
Wellstar Kennestone Hospital (Regional Coordinating Hospital)
Scotty Hancock, Safety/Emergency Preparedness Manager, 470-644-7037