The purpose of the Emergency Management Mitigation and
Disaster Preparedness Plan is to provide the hospital and the community with an
effective and efficient emergency management operation which, when applied, will
provide the levels of readiness, protection and care needed for citizens of the
community.To accomplish this, the
hospital conducts a hazard vulnerability analysis to identify potential
emergencies that could affect the need for its services or its ability to
provide those services.
hospital established the following with the community:
- Priorities among the potential emergencies
identified in the hazard vulnerability analysis
- The hospital’s role in relation to a community
wide emergency management program
- An “all-hazards” command structure within the
hospital that links with the community’s command structure
Medical Center has worked hard to develop and implement an emergency
preparedness plan that will lead to an effective, efficient response to the
needs of the community if an emergency, epidemic or disaster were to take
place. We have an emergency preparedness team that participates in
regular meetings, exercises and drills to prepare the committee members and the
hospital community for potential emergencies, epidemics and disasters.
Medical Center understands the importance of emergency preparedness and works
to constantly improve its plan and course of action in order to serve the
greater Manchester community in the case of emergency.
When disaster strikes, the community counts upon Catholic
Medical Center to react in an organized and effective manner.This type of reaction depends to a large
extent upon two main factors.First,
Catholic Medical Center has a thorough and yet flexible plan for taking care of
disaster victims from either inside or outside the facility and; second,
employees who are assigned responsibilities under the Emergency Management
Mitigation and Disaster Preparedness Plan are acquainted with how the plan
functions and exactly what their jobs will be in the event of a disaster.
CMC’s Emergency Management Mitigation and Disaster
Preparedness Plan is based on the National Incident Management System (NIMS)*.
The plan gives a general overview of hospital operations under emergency
conditions.The Emergency Management
Plan is developed in collaboration with hospital leaders and members of the
medical staff.Key personnel have a
thorough working knowledge of the plan and insure the specifics concerning
their respective departments are communicated appropriately.
The documented management/disaster plan includes the
organization's processes for:
supporting and maintaining an emergency management program.
specific procedures in response to a variety of disasters.
and integrating the organization's role with community-wide emergency
proper authorities outside the organization of an emergency.
personnel of an implementation of the emergency management plan.
alternate roles and responsibilities of personnel during disasters and
available personnel to reflect current staffing patterns.
space, supplies and security.
an emergency communication system during disasters.
an identified alternative source for essential utilities.
the total facility, horizontally and vertically, and establishing an alternate
care site if the organization's environment cannot continue to support adequate
patient care and treatment.
available facilities for radioactive or chemical isolation and decontamination.
patients during disasters or emergencies including scheduling, modification or
discontinuation of services, control of patient information, admission,
transfer and discharge.
an annual evaluation of the objectives, scope, performance and effectiveness of
the documented emergency management plan.
competency records of staff training.
All Disaster Management Team managers are educated on the
information detailing roles and responsibilities.
and skills needed to perform required duties of the Emergency Management Plan.
organization's contingent method of communication during disasters and
method of obtaining supplies and equipment during disasters or emergencies.
Catholic Medical Center has established performance
standards that assist emergency management programs in effectively responding
to disasters and significant emergencies occurring in the environment of
care.These performance standards
knowledge and skill requirements regarding their role in the emergency
management program and their expected level of participation.
and inspection activities.
emergency and incident reporting procedures including when and to who reports
preventive maintenance and testing of applicable equipment.
of space and replenishment of supplies.
The organization implements the Emergency Management Plan
semiannually, either in response to an emergency or in a planned drill
activity. Organizations that offer
emergency services or are designated as disaster receiving stations have at
least one implementation per year that includes an influx of volunteer or
are conducted at least four months apart and no more than eight months apart.
hospital participates in at least one community-wide practice drill a year
relevant to the priority emergencies identified in its hazard vulnerability
analysis. The drill assesses the
communication, coordination, and effectiveness of the hospital and community’s
drills are critiqued to identify deficiencies and opportunities for
CMC implements the documented management plan(s) and
performance standards for emergency management, as required by JCAHO Emergency
Management Standards, and those of the New Hampshire Hospital Association
Disaster Management requirements.