Hospital Preparedness Program

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Hospital (Healthcare) Preparedness Program Overview:

The Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is contracted through the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to facilitate the United States Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program. As an awarded contract recipient, Cameron County DHHS HPP is responsible for implementing the following ASPR capabilities in the Rio Grande Valley:

Cameron County HPP Contract:

Cameron County is the sole county contract awardee in the Lone Star State to be awarded funds to conduct the Hospital Healthcare Preparedness Program. The CCDHHS HPP is the lead role as the regional HPP Healthcare Coalition (HCC) entity to enhance the ability of hospitals and healthcare systems to prepare for health and medical emergencies and disasters with a primary focus on HCC building and regional healthcare system preparedness. HPP provides services to the Trauma Service Area V (TSA V) which consists of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, Starr)

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HPP Funding:

The funding is utilized to support programs to help strengthen hospital emergency preparedness in several ways:

I. Enhanced Planning: HPP funding is used to enhance Healthcare Coalitions, hospitals and other healthcare organizations collective system planning and response at the State,local, and territorial levels.

II. Increasing Integration: HPP facilitates the integration of public and private sector medical planning and assets to increase the preparedness, response, and surge capacity of Healthcare Coalitions, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations.

III. Improving Infrastructure: HPP Grants and Special Initiative Grant funding to improve the State, local, and territorial infrastructures that help Healthcare Coalitions, hospitals and other healthcare organizations prepare for public health emergencies.

Key Focus Areas in our TSA Region:

  • Interoperable communication
  • Bed tracking
  • Personnel management
  • Fatality Management Planning
  • Healthcare Facility Evacuation
  • Patient Decontamination
  • Dialysis/Long-term Care Emergency
  • Ebola and Highly Infectious
  • Border Health Terrorism

Participating Hospitals in TSA V:

Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville

Valley Regional Medical Center

Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen

Harlingen Medical Center

Knapp Medical Center

Rio Grande Regional Medical Center

Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance

Edinburg Regional Medical Center

Edinburg Children's Hospital

McAllen Heart Hospital

McAllen Medical Center

South Texas Behavioral Health

Cornerstone Regional Medical Center

Solara Hospitals of South Texas

Lifecare Hospitals of South Texas

Mission Regional Medical Center

Starr County Memorial Hospital

For More Information Contact:

Marco Lozano, MBA-HM, CHEP

Healthcare Preparedness Program Director - TSA V
Cameron County Dept. of Health & Human Services
1390 W. Expressway 83
San Benito, TX 78586
Ph. (956) 247-3685
Cell: (956) 535-2740