Revisions to The Annual Coalition Surge Test (CST) Exercise

The CST is an evacuation-based exercise and is one of the required activities that Healthcare Coalitions (HCCs) must participate in as members of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP).

Although the CST is an annual requirement, HPP waived this requirement for the last two years due to COVID. HPP requires HCCs to conduct the CST exercise this year. The purpose of the CST exercise is to foster coordination, collaboration, and communication among HCC partners. 

At the suggestion of many partners, including hospitals, healthcare associations, and HCC members, HPP staff, with the help of numerous SMEs, revised the CST exercise. This session provides the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming revisions, ask questions and receive explanations.

Presented by:

David Csernak, MS, MA
Regional Supervisor (Acting), National Healthcare Preparedness Programs, Emergency Management & Medical Operations, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kevin Sheehan
Captain, U.S. Public Health Service, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), National Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), Region IX

Olugbadero Yerokun
Consultant, Core Business Operations