GNYHA, FDNY Launch New Process for Hospital MCI Notifications

November 11, 2019

The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) has begun using GNYHA’s Sit Stat 2.0 System to notify nearby hospitals when a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) occurs. This new process enables FDNY Citywide Dispatchers to notify a facility via the emergency department red phone and make redundant text, voice, and/or web notifications to select roles within the hospital, as determined by each facility. It also creates greater efficiency for FDNY and can speed internal hospital activations as facilities prepare to receive incident-related patients. The new process represents the first step in bidirectional communication between member hospitals and a response agency.

This improvement to the hospital MCI notification system builds upon GNYHA’s Sit Stat 2.0 system, which includes more than 60 New York City 911-receiving hospitals. GNYHA, FDNY, and the Sit Stat 2.0 Advisory Council worked over the last 18 months to develop the processes and workflows behind the notification system, which operates within the four-level MCI categorization framework and associated fixed patient allotments that have been in place since 2016.

GNYHA provided guidance to all City 911-receiving hospitals throughout the fall and did extensive testing to ensure a smooth transition. GNYHA and FDNY will use regular meetings of the MCI Workgroup and Sit Stat 2.0 Advisory Council to monitor implementation of the new process and make adjustments as needed. GNYHA looks forward to continued collaboration with its member hospitals and FDNY.