Prior to 9/11, most healthcare agencies spent little time and effort on disaster planning and community preparedness. The aftermath of 9/11 brought to light the need to not only prepare but to work with other healthcare organizations and emergency agencies locally, regionally, state, and nation-wide to develop and share plans and resources to more readily work together to respond to and recover from events that may affect our ability to care for others during a time of crisis or disaster.
What We Do
The Champaign Regional Healthcare Coalition is a group of representatives from healthcare organizations and other related agencies that collaborate to share information, resources and expertise to our communities and region within the state of Illinois.
Our goal is to work with any and all affected areas and agencies involved in a disaster to assist with resources and expertise to mitigate and recover as quickly and safely as possible.
The coalition is funded by a federal hospital and coalition grant (ASPR HPP) and IDPH oversees every Illinois regional coalition’s grant requirements.
Our mission is to unify the coordination of the Champaign region healthcare systems to a level that will be necessary if operations move from conventional to contingency to crisis care.
Our goal is to promote and enhance the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of healthcare entities and other emergency agencies throughout the region by:
- Building relationships and partnerships.
- Facilitating communication, information and resource sharing.
- Promoting situation awareness among HCC members.
- Coordinating training, drills and exercises.
- Strengthening medical surge capacity and capabilities.
- Assisting emergency management and Emergency Support Function (ESF) #8 partners.
- Maximizing movement and utilization of existing resources.