Designated Coordinators Boost Preparedness Efforts at Public Hospitals
Most essential hospitals assign disaster preparedness functions to existing staff, who take on this role in addition to their other responsibilities. However, to stay atop the ever-growing demand for disaster readiness activities, a new trend is emerging in our hospitals: the creation of a full-time, dedicated staff position with the sole responsibility of coordinating, integrating, and assessing preparedness activities for the hospital. To gain insight into this emerging trend, Essential Hospitals Institute (formerly NPHHI) conducted a telephone survey of dedicated disaster planners at America's Essential Hospitals facilities. This research brief presents findings from that survey.