The CHA Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) was established with funding provided by the federal hospital preparedness grant program. The program provided ongoing support to California hospitals and health systems in all-hazards’s disaster planning. Some of the primary CHA HPP accomplishments were: establishing the annual disaster planning conference for California hospitals; creating and maintaining this website; developing a variety of planning tools and resources to assist hospitals; developing training and conducting over 400 classes, drills and exercises; providing technical assistance and support to hospitals; providing hospital emergency management advocacy and representation to state, federal and local agencies and other activities.
This website was developed by the CHA HPP as a repository of emergency preparedness information, tools, and resources.
The CHA HPP developed and provided a variety of training including but not limited to the following: Hospital Incident Command System; Incident Action Planning; Exercise Program for Hospitals; Planning and Training for Active Shooter events and more.
The CHA HPP established the annual disaster planning conference for California hospitals. The executive director coordinates this program and chairs the planning committee. The conference is the largest gathering of hospital emergency preparedness planners in the state. Attendees include hospital personnel, community partners, and state officials. Conference topics cover the full spectrum of emergency response topics relevant to health care facilities.
Effective Jan. 3, CHA has re-engaged in the federal Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Hospital Preparedness Program grant, administered by the California Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office. To support this program and to assist participating hospitals, as well as the state, in meeting preparedness requirements, CHA has hired Mary Massey — a registered nurse and a participant in the prior hospital preparedness grant program — as a full-time hospital preparedness consultant. She will report to and work closely with Cheri Hummel, CHA’s vice president of emergency management and facilities. Massey brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the program, given her diverse background in clinical services, emergency management and hospital operations.