The foundation of a strong emergency preparedness program is the completion of a hazard vulnerability assessment, which is required annually by CMS and other accrediting bodies. They are generated based on historic prevalence, extent of impact and response strategies. Missouri’s experiences with winter weather, tornadoes, flooding and the anticipated destruction of a New Madrid Seismic Zone event are the focus of MHA’s preparedness efforts.
HVAs inform hospital leadership regarding organizational risks and identify those which have the most significant impact on hospital operations and can be mitigated proactively. MHA collects this information from member hospitals annually to establish program focus areas, and develop relative and timely technical assistance. The report highlights results from the 2018 safety and preparedness program assessment of 123 hospitals.