The mission of Wyoming’s Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) is to enhance community and healthcare preparedness, improve medical surge capacity, and support healthcare organizations during emergency response and recovery through regional healthcare coalitions.
After the events of 2001, the Wyoming Department of Health has received funding to help prepare hospitals for disaster response. Since then, the program has expanded to include the larger medical community, including emergency medical services, long term care facilities, community clinics, hospice and home care. The HPP works closely with our public and private partners, including WDH’s Public Health Preparedness and Response Unit and local Emergency Managers.
Each of the five regional Healthcare Coalitions (HCC) receive funding to improve disaster planning, response, mitigation and recovery. Each HCC determines how best to spend its funds to improve the preparedness of its medical community. During times of crisis, the HCCs help coordinate emergency medical response and care of the sick and injured.
Healthcare Coalition Coordinators
|Region 1||Whitney Witherspoonemail@example.com|
|Central Wyoming||Kaleigh Goodfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Southeastern Wyoming||Cindy Osborneemail@example.com|
|Western Wyoming||Mike Flemingfirstname.lastname@example.org||wwhcc.org|
|Big Horn Basin||Margaret Staabemail@example.com||bhbphc.org|
Wyoming Activation of Volunteers in Emergencies (WAVE) System is Wyoming’s Emergency System for Advanced Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESAR-VHP) System. ESAR-VHP is a national network of state-based programs that allows volunteers to register prior to an event. This allows volunteer managers to verify identity, licenses, and credentials before an incident happens.
HAvBED Login at: emresource.juvare.com/login
Hospital Available Beds for Emergencies and Disasters is a web-based program where hospitals and EMS agencies can provide and receive information on hospital bed and ambulance availability.
Continuity of Operations Planning for Healthcare
Highly Infectious Disease Exercises
The Wyoming Healthcare Preparedness Program works with hospitals and other healthcare agencies as well as ambulance services to ensure that Wyoming’s medical community is as prepared as we can be! For additional information, contact:
David Edwards, MA, CHEP, CEM
Healthcare Preparedness Program Coordinator
Office: (307) 777-6904
OEMS: (307) 777-7955 or (888) 228-8996