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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.

Illinois tornadoes test hospital's emergency plans

By Maria Castellucci  |  March 01, 2017

A few hours before a tornado touched down Tuesday night in Ottawa, a southwest Chicago suburb, frontline staff at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center was preparing to receive a score of patients injured in the aftermath.

Hurricane Matthew challenges providers on Southeast coast

By Adam Rubenfire and Shelby Livingston  |  October 08, 2016

To prepare for the hurricane that pummeled the U.S.' Southeast coast last week, hospitals in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas either evacuated their facilities or prepared to face the storm.

CMS finalizes emergency preparedness requirements

By Shannon Muchmore  |  September 10, 2016

Providers must adhere to four best-practice standards: developing an emergency plan, creating a communications plan, having a training program and developing appropriate policies and procedures, according to the rule.

Louisiana hospitals persevere through heavy flooding

Louisiana hospitals persevere through heavy flooding

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 15, 2016

Flooding in Louisiana has left six people dead, 20,000 in need of rescue and over 10,000 in shelters. Local hospitals remain open but their operations are struggling, especially in light of reduced federal funding.

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