Healthcare Coalitions

Healthcare Coalitions are collaborative networks of healthcare organizations and their respective public and private sector response partners that assist with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities related to healthcare organization disaster operations.

Tennessee Healthcare Coalitions collaborate to address challenges and work towards solutions that improve the health and prosperity of our communities. Coalitions in Tennessee are aligned with the eight Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Regions. These coalitions work on planning, organizing, equipping, training, exercising and evaluation of healthcare system preparedness in their respective regions.


Regional Healthcare Coalitions - Hazard Vulnerability Analysis

Northeast/Sullivan Healthcare Coalition

Keisha Fletcher 154 Blountville Bypass, P.O. Box 630, Blountville, TN 37617


Anthony Wright  185 Treasure Lane,  Johnson City, TN 37604


 Northeast Tennessee Healthcare Preparedness Coalition: 

Knox/East Tennessee Healthcare Coalition

John Brinkley 140 Dameron Avenue Knoxville, TN 37917


Wanda Roberts 2101 Medical Center Way Knoxville, TN 37920


Southeast/Hamilton Regional Healthcare Coalition

Kenneth Tartar 1301 Riverfront Parkway Chattanooga, TN 37402


Virginia Wolverton 921 East 3rd Street Chattanooga, TN 37403


Upper Cumberland Healthcare Preparedness Coalition

Michael Cooper 1100 England Drive Cookeville, TN 38501


TN Highland Rim Healthcare Coalition

Mac McCormick 2500 Charlotte Ave Nashville, TN 37209


Jana Tolleson 710 Hart Lane, Nashville TN 37216


South Central Region Healthcare Coalition

Candace Wilkes 1216 Trotwood Avenue Columbia, TN 38401


WATCH  (West Area Healthcare Coalition)

Keith Middleton 804 N Parkway Jackson, TN38305


Michael Smith  295 Summar Avenue Jackson, TN 38301


Mid South Emergency Planning Coalition

Heather Burton Fortner 2668 Avery Avenue,  Memphis, TN 38112

O. 901-636-2544  C. 865-679-4608


 Role of the Regional Hospital Coordinator

The Regional Hospital Coordinator’s role is to support and advise the Healthcare Coalitions on meeting the 2017-2022 Health Care Preparedness and Response Capabilities

Planning Resources

Healthcare System Emergency Preparedness

Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) Emergency Preparedness

THA’s emergency preparedness and response resources are designed to assist hospitals and health systems in planning for and reacting to hazards and regional disasters.

Link to The Joint Commission’s An Emergency Planning Guide for America’s Communities

National Incident Management System - NIMS

About the National Incident Management System

In accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, NIMS provides a consistent approach for Federal, State, and local governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. As a condition of receiving HPP funds, awardees shall ensure that appropriate participating healthcare entities continue implementing and maintaining NIMS activities. The healthcare organization should implement a program to identify personnel that have a direct role in emergency preparedness, incident management, and/or emergency response during an incident. Personnel designated to fulfill ICS roles (e.g., hospital emergency manager, hospital administrator, department heads) should take ICS-700 and ICS-100 or equivalent. Personnel designated as middle management personnel should also take ICS-200 or the equivalent. Others who may consider ICS-200 include physicians, department managers, unit leaders, charge nurses, and staff members (e.g., hospital administration) that would have a role in an emergency operations center (e.g., hospital, local, or state). Personnel whose primary responsibility is emergency management within their organization should take ICS-800.

Helpful Links

NIMS Implementation Guidelines for Hospitals and healthcare Systems

FEMA Training Website page

Hazardous Materials and Decontamination

Helpful Links

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations CAMEO
National Library of Medicine Toxicology Data Network
Decontamination of Children
OSHA Best Practices to Hospital-Based First Receivers
OSHA Publication Hospitals and Community Emergency Response

Personal Protective Equipment

Helpful Links

OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard
OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard Interpretation
NIOSH Certified Equipment Database
NIOSH Guide to the Selection and Use of Particulate Respirators
Respirator Medical Clearance Questionnaire
Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management Rescuer Safety Personal Protective Equipment

Training and Exercise Program

Helpful Links

Center for Domestic Preparedness
Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium
The National Training and Education Division
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Training
Exercise Templates

Other Links of Interest

State Lab page
Meaningful Use page
Reportable Diseases page

Related Links