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House investigates HHS' hurricane preparedness and response

House investigates HHS' hurricane preparedness and response

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 12, 2017

The House oversight committee is looking into how HHS prepared for and responded to hurricanes Irma and Maria. Some lawmakers have been concerned that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were treated differently than U.S. states in the wake of the storms.

Two hospitals evacuate amid Northern Calif. wildfires

By Associated Press  |  October 09, 2017

Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente both evacuated patients from their Santa Rosa, Calif., hospitals as wind-whipped wildfires threatened thousands of homes and destroyed nearby buildings.

Addressing mental health is vital long after tragedy strikes

Addressing mental health is vital long after tragedy strikes

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 07, 2017

Behavioral health experts say that caring for the mental health of victims and their families after traumatic events like the mass shooting in Las Vegas last week is an essential part of disaster response.

Mass shooting in Las Vegas signals new reality for hospitals

Mass shooting in Las Vegas signals new reality for hospitals

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 07, 2017

The mass shooting in Las Vegas last week that left 58 people dead and nearly 500 injured emphasizes a disturbing reality for hospitals and trauma centers: their communities are vulnerable to military-style injuries they must be prepared to treat.

Hospitals lean on practice to treat mass shootings

Hospitals lean on practice to treat mass shootings

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 02, 2017

Trauma centers conduct drills to prepare for situations including mass shootings to ensure they have the protocols in place to treat patients. Roughly 515 people have received treatment at Las Vegas hospitals after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Puerto Rico's healthcare system faces a long road to recovery

Puerto Rico's healthcare system faces a long road to recovery

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  September 30, 2017

Years of systemic issues within Puerto Rico's health system and a delay in government aid following Hurricane Maria could make for a much more difficult and longer recovery compared with similar relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

Editorial: Invest more in emergency preparedness

Editorial: Invest more in emergency preparedness

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 02, 2017

More than a decade of rising awareness about the need for emergency preparedness, which began in southeast Texas after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001, appears to have paid off.

Data Points: Hurricane Katrina's lasting legacy

Data Points: Hurricane Katrina's lasting legacy

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 02, 2017

Houston's hospitals were well-prepared for Hurricane Harvey. In the past 10 years, hospitals in disaster-prone areas across the country have implemented both structural and operational safeguards to keep patients and staffers safe and prevent major damage.

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