The importance of preparing for emergencies is critical here at Catholic Health Services. Emergencies can happen anywhere – at home or at work – and everyone must take proper action to prepare in case the unexpected happens. CHS biggest challenge is expanded by our geographical coverage.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an emergency preparedness rule, called the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule. This rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers in order to plan adequately for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordinate with federal, state, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. It also assists providers and suppliers to adequately prepare to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and staff during disasters and emergency situations.
The emergency management plan consists of four core elements: risk assessment and planning, policies and procedures, communications and training and testing. The leadership team of CHS came together to learn and share the best way to be prepared for the unexpected. “We need an all hazard approach”, states Lauretta Foster, VP Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance. “As safety is our main concern, these elements are in place to ensure our patients/residents/employees are well secured and safe”.
Each of our CHS facilities is responsible for having comprehensive training with their team members and putting command systems in place. Catholic Health Services approach includes mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, and must address protocols to eliminate or minimize disruptions to patient care during emergency incidents.
“We will continue to take every precaution to ensure that our facilities remain safe and operational after an emergency. Our priority is to ensure the comfort and peace of mind for you and your loved ones.” said Joe Catania, CEO, Catholic Health Services.