Highlights
April 12, 2016 (Ebola Preparedness Summit)
April 27, 2016 (Evacuation Exercise hosted by the Mayo Clinic)
The Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition sponsored an Ebola Preparedness Summit at the Lexington Hotel on the Southbank. The agenda for the day included Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Infectious Diseases training; Infectious Disease Scenario training as well as a discussion based table top exercise focused on an Ebola outbreak in the Region. The day also included two working lunch sessions, which led participants in facilitated discussions on the Region’s ability to manage an infectious disease outbreak as well as the critical roles and responsibilities of partner agencies in an event. The event was well attended and included representation from hospitals, healthcare facilities, County Departments of Health, Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services. For more information on the Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition, please contact Beth Payne, epayne@nefrc.org.
The Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition hosted a tabletop exercise at the Mayo Clinic on April 27 for member organizations in its six-county region. With nearly 50 attendees, there was representation from County Departments of Health, Emergency Management, EMS Provider, and hospitals. The discussion centered on the evacuation of hospitals and healthcare facilities in advance of a hurricane, with a focus on how the region could work together during such an event. There was meaningful discussion on the problems that exist in discharging, transferring and sheltering the number of patients as required by the scenario.  For more information, please contact Beth Payne, epayne@nefrc.org.
On August 23, 2017, the Northeast Florida Healthcare Coalition (NEFLHCC) held their First Annual Healthcare Partners Training Summit. The event was held at the University of North Florida and included six training sessions and 120 attendees. The day started with a welcome from the Chair of NEFLHCC, Rich Ward. He presented the immediate past chair, Leigh Wilsey, with an award for her dedication and service to the Coalition in her two years as Chair of the Executive Board. The speaker during opening session was Christie Luce, Bureau Chief of Preparedness and Response from the Florida Department of Health, who provided an overview of FDOH and their role in statewide preparedness efforts.

Speakers and instructors traveled from across the state and country for the Summit. An engaging panel, including Aaron Otis, Dr. Brad Elias, John Konhke , Wayne Watts and John Wilgis discussed the issues of Patient Transport and Evacuation. The session focused on experiences during Hurricane Matthew and lessons learned for future events.

Mr. Scott Cormier, Vice President of Emergency Management, EC and Safety from Medxcel, spoke on issues involving Active Shooter incidents in Healthcare Facilities. Currently, this is a very relevant topic in Northeast Florida and a focus of upcoming Coalition work.

Two sessions were held on requirements of the CMS Rule. This drew participants from a variety of healthcare facilities around the Region. The implementation of the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule is a challenge to many facilities and the Coalition is working to assist facilities in meeting the new requirements.

The highlight of the day was the lunch keynote speaker, Ms. Sheri Fink. Ms. Fink is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, who famously wrote the book, Five Days at Memorial, which explored the decisions made at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Ms. Fink addressed the participants with stories of how decisions made at every level affected the outcomes of patients during Katrina. For more information contact Elizabeth Payne @epayne@nefrc.org.
August 23, 2017 (First Annual Healthcare Partners Training Summit)