- Ambulatory Care
- Ancillary Services
- Behavioral Health
- In-Home Services
- Long-Term Care
The Network brings ambulatory care organizations together to develop regional plans and strategies that support business continuity, surge capacity and resource and information sharing across organizations. In addition to opportunities to participate in planning sessions, trainings and exercises, the Network also conducts an annual meeting for ambulatory care organizations and assists them in meeting accreditation and licensing standards related to emergency preparedness and response.
The Network provides a forum for ancillary service providers such as dialysis centers, surgery centers, blood centers and others to improve communication and coordination across the region. These organizations’ participation in Network planning sessions, trainings, exercises and committees helps ensure business continuity and the responsible and effective use of resources across the spectrum of care during emergencies. Ancillary service providers also benefit from WATrac, as well as support in meeting accreditation and licensing standards related to emergency preparedness and response.
The Network works with behavioral health providers to develop systems to ensure the continuity of care for those receiving chemical dependency and/or mental health treatment in a post-disaster environment. Through Network events, behavioral health providers and their partners establish strategies for addressing the mental health needs of adults and children associated with the trauma of disasters. The Network also helps these organizations meet accreditation and licensing standards related to emergency preparedness and response.
Through their participation in Network events and monthly committee meetings, regional hospitals coordinate surge capacities, evacuation plans, patient tracking, decontamination, fatality management, drills, crisis standards of care and other efforts that prepare them to respond to public health emergencies. Hospitals also use WATrac daily to share information, including bed status and specialist availability. The Network supports hospitals in meeting accreditation and licensing standards related to emergency preparedness and response, including those required by The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Network engages home health and home care organizations through an annual meeting, as well as planning initiatives, trainings and exercises. In these events, in-home service providers are encouraged to share strategies and tools to support the development of mutual aid agreements and increased access to care during emergencies. The Network also assists these organizations in meeting accreditation and licensing standards related to emergency preparedness and response, and encourages the use of WATrac to share resources and information.
The Network convenes long-term care providers such as adult family homes, boarding houses and nursing homes to facilitate the adoption of effective strategies for mutual aid during disasters. By maximizing surge capacity, improving business continuity planning and creating regional plans, we help to build resiliency in long-term care organizations and develop key response relationships. The Network assists these organizations in meeting accreditation and licensing standards related to emergency preparedness and response. We also conduct an annual sector meeting and coordinate a Long-Term Care Advisory Committee that provides guidance on response issues that are specific to long-term care.
The Network supports planning for age-appropriate medical management of children involved in large-scale health emergencies, including those with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Through the Network’s Pediatric Steering Committee, local experts have developed protocols and tools to help prepare healthcare providers and agencies that do not specialize in pediatrics to care for children during disasters.