The Central Virginia Healthcare Coalition (CVHC) is one of six healthcare coalitions (HCCs) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is through regional structure of these coalitions, that VDH and VHHA work with hospitals and healthcare facilities to enhance their capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a wide range of public health and healthcare emergencies.
Membership and Service:
CVHC represents groups of health care and response organizations who play a critical role in developing the health care delivery systems preparedness and response activities in the Central Region. To date this includes 17 Acute Care Hospitals, 6 Stand-alone Emergency Centers, >50 Long Term Care Facilities, dialysis clinics, local emergency management, and numerous public and private EMS agencies.
Mission and Objective:
CVHC members actively participate in strategic planning, operational planning, information sharing, and resource coordination and management. Virginia’s HCCs coordinate regional training and exercise opportunities and support the ESF-8 during a response.
In addition, each HCC has a Regional Healthcare Coordinating Center (RHCC). The RHCC is designed to act as a hub in the event of a public health or healthcare emergency. RHCCs serve as the liaison between coalition members, other regions, and the VDH Emergency Coordination Center. Each coalition defines the level of information exchange and scope of medical coordination authority granted to the RHCC. Some functions and responsibilities of the RHCC are:
- Facilitate uniform situational awareness during response
- Provide central coordination of regional response activities and sharing of healthcare resources
- Disseminate information within the region at the request of VDH and VHHA
- Coordinate diversion status/patient distribution within the region
- Request needed assets from other regions, the state and federal governments.
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has been the awardee of the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to fund the Virginia Healthcare Emergency Management Program since 2002.
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