Since its establishment in 2006, the Health Council of South Florida has been providing strategic planning and administrative support to the Miami-Dade County Hospital Preparedness Consortium (MDCHPC). The MDCHPC is sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Health Department (MDCHD) and is structured under the rubric of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force – Region VII. With a mission to assure that the Miami-Dade healthcare community employs a unified approach to all hazardous events, the MDCHPC acts as a liaison with the County, Region, and State in articulating and advocating strategic priorities as they relate to disaster management. In addition, the Consortium acts as a forum for hospitals to discuss best practices to comply with national standards including the elements of performance for the Joint Commission Emergency Management Standards. The MDCHPC envisions accomplishing its mission by harnessing local resources, effectively leveraging communications systems, engaging local residents, and by coordinating with local, state and federal governments and other area health providers in successful recovery processes.
The Consortium meets on a bi-monthly basis. If your hospital is interested in joining this collaborative effort to help hospitals be prepared to manage a hazardous event or learn more bout the MDCHPC, please contact Cristina Tuero, Senior Health Planning Services Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ricardo Jaramillo, Community Health Specialist at email@example.com or visit the Consortium's website at www.mdchospitals.org for more information.