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HASC Releases Pandemic Response Report

HASC is pleased to release the Pandemic Response and Emergency Planning (PREP) Report. Launched in 2021 with Health Management Associates and CONSTANT Associates, the PREP Report and Study summarize the learning, best practices and recommendations that drove the hospital and public health response through the early uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study data were gathered in interviews with stakeholders from across sectors in 2022. Participants fell into four main categories:

  1. Hospitals: CEOs, CNOs, ER leadership and physicians, intensive care, HR
  2. Non-hospital health care: Behavioral health, public health, emergency medical services, clinics, MCOs, medical associations, ReddiNet
  3. Government: Elected officials, county administrators, coroners/medical examiners, public information officers
  4. Community-based organizations: National Health Foundation, Clinic Association, medical associations

One business partner, the Port of Los Angeles, also took part. Interviewees discussed their experiences via an online survey and provided feedback on the draft report. This cross-sector approach enabled HASC to better understand the pandemic’s extensive challenges and identify best practices and innovations. In turn, this learning informed the recommendations developed for stakeholders in planning for future emergencies.

HASC thanks the organizations and people whose partnership has enabled our hospital members to continue caring for Southern Californians throughout this public health crisis. We hope that the collective learning in this report will urge all of us to take action and prepare as a region before the next challenge.

For any questions or comments on the PREP Report and Study, please contact Adam Blackstone.