The Wolf Administration announced it has selected Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) of Philadelphia as its health care emergency preparedness vendor, effective July 8, 2020. The agreement is part of the Department of Health’s annual federal health preparedness grant. Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said, “We are looking forward to the opportunity to expand our existing hospital preparedness program, as well as creating an inclusive environment for all members of our health care system through our health care coalitions.” Health Care Coalitions (HCC):
- Are a formal collaboration among healthcare organizations and public and private partners that are organized to prepare for, respond to and recover from an emergency, mass casualty or catastrophic event
- Include the key components of comprehensive healthcare membership, regional presence developed within states/territories to cover larger geographic areas and preparedness capability operationalization through plans, exercises, trainings, response and after-action reports
The Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania (HAP) previously held the contract. Click here to read the Department of Health’s announcement. As PACHC learns more about changes under the new vendor the PA Association of Community Health Centers will make health centers aware.