What is the San Mateo County Healthcare Coalition?
The San Mateo County Healthcare Coalition (SMCHC) originated as the San Mateo County Hospital Emergency Preparedness Task Force in 1999 which consisted solely of San Mateo County hospitals. The Taskforce then evolved to the San Mateo County Healthcare Working Group which maintained hospital membership and other emergency response partners (Office of Emergency Services, America Red Cross, etc.).
In 2017, as a result of the new rule implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS Rule) the Healthcare Working Group was redesigned to encompass a larger portion of the healthcare community within San Mateo County. The CMS Rule delineates 17 healthcare provider types and requires them to “…establish national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure adequate planning for both natural and man-made disasters, and coordination with federal, state, tribal, regional and local emergency preparedness systems.” In order to ensure that we are achieving this goal, the Healthcare Working Group was molded into the San Mateo County Healthcare Coalition (SMCHC) which was open to all of the 17 healthcare provider types and any other partners/stakeholder that the group deemed appropriate.
Our Mission & Goal
The mission and goal of the San Mateo County Healthcare Coalition is to plan for a collaborative, coordinated, community-wide disaster response from the health care community in order to ensure the continuity of optimal healthcare in San Mateo County during a disaster.
What We Do
Annual Trainings Offered
The SMCHC hosts a series of trainings on an annual basis for all members to attend. In addition to the series of annual trainings, ad hoc trainings will be scheduled to assist in preparing for exercises and addressing any relevant community and facility concerns. The list of trainings offered on an annual basis to all members is as follows:
Hospital Incident Command System Training
Nursing Home Incident Command System Training
Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator Training
Medical Countermeasures Training
Emergency Operations Manual Training
Mass Casualty Incident Training
HazMat for Healthcare Training
The SMCHC hosts a minimum of 2 exercises per year (Spring & Fall) for all the members to participate in. The Spring exercise is typically a Coalition Surge Test which is a Hospital Surge focused exercise. The Fall exercise is the Statewide Medical and Health Exercise which is typically focused on testing either an entire county plan or component of a county plan.
2018 Spring Exercise: Green Dawn
2018 Statewide Medical & Health Exercise: CHEMPACK Exercise
2019 Spring Exercise: Coalition Surge Test
2019 Statewide Medical & Health Exercise
2020 Spring Exercise: Coalition Surge Test
The SMCHC meeting on a monthly basis, the first Friday of every month (except when it falls on or around a holiday).
For additional information on monthly meetings please fill out the form in the Get Involved section of the site and someone from our team will reach out to you.
Other Organizations, Agencies, Groups, etc.
For additional information on monthly meetings please email Karishma Kumar directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Links & Resources
Planning for Power Outages:
Training & Exercising Tools: