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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: Stanislaus County Health Services Agency
State: CA
Date Added: 12/10/2009
Themes: Medical Care and Countermeasures,State and Local Coordination
Issue Summary: Local partner coordination and hospital surge planning.
Description of Issue(s):

Stanislaus County is a small rural/urban county in central California with a population of approximately 525,000. There are 5 hospitals that operate emergency rooms in the jurisdiction. During periods of "system saturation" or surge, local medical resources must be best utilized to provide the highest level of care to the greatest numbers possible.

Actions taken to address the issue(s): Through the jurisdiction's Hospital Emergency Preparedness Committee a Medical Health Surge Plan was developed and agreed upon by all relevant partners.
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: The plan was developed in order to guide the orderly response to a medical surge incident in the county (including Pandemic Influenza). In particular, the plan is intended to provide the county's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Medical/Health branch staff with information and guidance to effectively plan for, organize, and manage the medical response to a surge incident.

The Stanislaus County Medical Health Surge Plan can be found in the NACCHO H1N1 Toolkit:

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