August 1 marks the unofficial beginning of the North Atlantic’s hurricane season and GNYHA and its members have been hard at work to prepare for the season. GNYHA led a workgroup earlier this year that focused on expanding hospitals’ ability to receive patients during coastal storms, including patients evacuated from hospitals located in a flood zone or medically vulnerable community members from the same area. The workgroup, comprised of representatives from member hospitals and government response partners, produced the NYC Community Evacuation and Sheltering Operations for the 2018 Coastal Storm Season. GNYHA also hosted a webinar that reviewed several New York City coastal storm operations that could impact hospitals. Hospitals are encouraged to review the memo and the webinar recording.

Members have also completed the New York State Department of Health (DOH) Facility Profile Application and Critical Asset Survey, which all hospitals, nursing homes, and adult care facilities in New York City were asked to complete by mid-March. The information submitted enabled DOH, GNYHA, and other regional response partners to better understand the region’s receiving capacity, which informed coastal storm planning efforts.

While hospitals in the region work continuously to improve their readiness in advance of this high-risk period, GNYHA encourages all members to consult numerous additional key resources and review all relevant internal plans as we enter this high risk period of the year.

  • All New York State facilities are encouraged to review the DOH Healthcare Facility Evacuation Center Metropolitan Area Regional Office Facility Guidance Document for the 2018 Coastal Storm Season, which can be accessed via the DOH Health Commerce System
  • Facilities in New York City are also encouraged to review the NYC Coastal Storm Operations Overview for Healthcare Facilities, which includes information about planning assumptions, key government actions, and anticipated timelines
  • Facilities may also wish to review the attached GNYHA’s Patient Evacuation Toolkit, which has resources developed via a collaborative workgroup process that address patient bed matching, the availability of critical clinical and demographic information in the transport process, and the sharing of medical information between sending and receiving facilities

In the event of a coastal storm threat in the New York region, GNYHA will share relevant information with members, monitor member impact through the Sit Stat 2.0 situational awareness platform, and activate its own emergency staffing plan in order to meet member needs.