Hospitals care for injured from Louisiana tornadoes

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Louisiana hospitals treated at least 39 people injured after several tornadoes yesterday tore through southeastern portions of the state, according to the Louisiana Hospital Association. Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in the state, where the storm system damaged dozens of homes and... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: disaster readiness

TN hospitals treat patients from Smoky Mountain fire

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Tennessee hospitals are treating dozens of patients from a wildfire that began this week near the Smoky Mountain resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Closest to the fire, Covenant Health’s LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville has received 49 patients with fire-related injuries, 10 of whom were... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, disaster readiness, workforce

Report looks at programs to improve health care access to disaster sites

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A report released this week by Healthcare Ready looks at health care challenges presented by disruptions in private-sector access to disaster sites, and presents programs and resources for states and jurisdictions seeking to address them. The report was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

Hospital employees help colleagues in Louisiana

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Hospitals and health systems throughout the country are helping their hospital colleagues in the Baton Rouge, LA, area whose homes were devastated by last month’s unprecedented flood by donating to the Louisiana Hospital Employee Assistance Fund. More than 5,000 hospital employees in the flooded area... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: disaster readiness, workforce

HHS activates medication program for uninsured residents in Louisiana disaster

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Saturday activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program for areas in the Louisiana flooding disaster, allowing residents without health insurance to obtain at no cost certain prescription... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: access, disaster readiness

ASPR issues tips for retaining, caring for health care facility staff after a disaster

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response yesterday issued tips to help health care facilities retain and care for staff after a disaster, such as the recent flooding in Louisiana. “The aftermath of a disaster can be traumatic,” the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, workforce

National Academies brief explores community approaches to disaster risk reduction

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The Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has released proceedings from a recent workshop on community-level approaches to disaster risk reduction. The AHA was a sponsor of the event, which looked at specific strategies that can be implemented at the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

Tool helps patients, providers find open pharmacies in states with flooding

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Healthcare Ready has activated its Rx Open mapping tool to help health care providers and patients in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas find open pharmacies in flooded areas. President Obama Sunday declared a major disaster in portions of southern Louisiana due to severe storms and flooding. The historic ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: disaster readiness

Louisiana flooding forces hospital to evacuate patients

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The historic flooding in southern Louisiana yesterday forced Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge (O’Neal campus) to transfer a number of critically ill patients to other Ochsner facilities, the hospital reports. Several post-acute facilities and nursing homes also were evacuated, according to the Louisiana... read more

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

ASPR seeks input to inform Hospital Preparedness Program updates

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response encourages hospitals to participate in recently opened discussions on its Information Exchange about updating the Hospital Preparedness Program’s health care preparedness capabilities and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: disaster readiness, preparedness

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