Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition

2018 Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition Meetings:

Q1: Wednesday, March 7th at 10:30 am at Citizens Medical Center, Central Classroom
Q2: Wednesday, May 30th at 10:30 am at Citizens Medical Center, Central Classroom
Q3: Wednesday, September 19th at 10:30 am at Citizens Medical Center, Central Classroom
Q4: Wednesday, December 12th at 10:30 am at Citizens Medical Center, Central Classroom

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Emergency Preparedness Rule Update:

Although healthcare coalitions (HCCs) (updated January 5, 2017) themselves are not included in the 17 provider and supplier types covered under the CMS Emergency Preparedness (EP) Rule, the rule offers HCCs and newly engaged providers a tremendous opportunity to achieve greater organizational and community effectiveness and sustainability.

HCCs should be an accessible source of preparedness and response best practices for newly engaged provider types as they adapt to the new requirements. They should also play a role in assisting members with closing planning gaps, as well as assuring integration with core coalition partners. HCCs have an opportunity to enhance their financial sustainability and revenue by providing contracted technical assistance to HCC members to meet the CMS conditions of participation.

Providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaid are required to meet four core elements (with specific requirements adjusted based on the individual characteristics of each provider and supplier).


Core Elements

The Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition (GCHCC), which represents Trauma Service Area “S”, serves a six county area to include:  Calhoun County, DeWitt County, Goliad County, Jackson County, Lavaca County, and Victoria County with a population of 178,334 and covering 5517 square miles.  The Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition is comprised of representatives from 10 participating hospitals, 6 County Offices of Emergency Management, local and regional public health agencies, and various municipalities.  The Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition is continually seeking to grow and build its partnerships through trainings, exercises, and conferences.

The Coalition’s primary focus is to support the regional healthcare systems response capability and capacity for emergency management planning, preparedness and response. Some of the Healthcare Coalition specific areas of focus include:

•              Development of the Golden Crescent Medical Operations Center for coordination of regional medical assets

•              Education and preparedness training

•              Development and participation in regional emergency/disaster exercises, evaluations and corrective actions.

•              Development, implementation and testing of Interoperable and emergency communications

•              Tracking of bed availability via hospital available beds for emergencies and disasters (HAvBED).

•              Mass fatality management

•              Medical evacuation/shelter-in-place

•              Develop plans and processes for alternate care sites, utilization of mobile medical assets and pharmaceutical caches

•              Develop capacity and processes for appropriate decontamination activities

•              Develop plans that relate to the resilience and protection of critical facilities and services.

•              Participate with plans for integration with the Statewide Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF)

The Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition (GCHCC) was formed in 2012 with the mission of providing leadership, organization, and sustainability for the purpose of regional healthcare preparedness and response activities. The mission of the Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition also includes building upon and augmenting individual healthcare organization preparedness and promoting ESF-8 activities such as situational awareness and resource coordination.

Golden Crescent Medical Operations Center

A major component of the response is Golden Crescent Medical Operations Center (GCMOC). The mission of the GCMOC is to provide the facilities, communications, processes and protocols to assist hospitals, EMS, public health and others to efficiently coordinate medical care for the citizens of the 6-county TSA-S region during a major event of any cause. At the request of a jurisdictional authority, the GCMOC will activate according to the GCMOC Operations Manual.

Healthcare Coalition Executive Committee

The GCHCC Executive Committee will act as the advisory board to the GCHCC.  This group will meet monthly and will provide consultative and informed input into key decisions and ensure integrated planning similar to that of a multi-agency coordinating group. The GCHCC will discuss items related to medical preparedness, response and recovery in the region and provide updates and reports to coalition.   executive committee serves as the region’s point of contact into the GCHCC.  The Executive Committee will be composed of representatives from the following organizations:

  • Golden Crescent Regional Advisory Council
  • Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council
  • Victoria Office of Emergency Management
  • Victoria City-County Health Department (Emergency Preparedness)
  • Texas Department of Public Safety (Regional Coordinator)
  • Citizens Medical Center
  • Cuero Community Hospital
  • DeTar Healthcare System
  • Jackson County Hospital District
  • Lavaca Medical Center
  • Memorial Medical Center
  • Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Victoria
  • Warm Springs Hospital
  • Yoakum Community Hospital

Healthcare Coalition Members

The GCHCC general members shall act as the working team to address emergency preparedness issues and coordination challenges.  This team meets quarterly with an agenda that focuses on communication, information, coordination, logistical and operational challenges faced by the regional medical community.  The general membership will also attend annual GCHCC Conferences to obtain information on how the region is structured to respond to and recover from major medical events. Some members may provide support to the GCHCC Executive Committee in organizing and presenting the annual conference. The General Membership of the GCHCC is composed of all professions, individuals and entities located in the six county region involved in any aspect of regional medical preparedness for, response to and recovery from a major medical event in the region, state or nation. The GCHCC general membership may consist of representatives from the following organizations: county government, city government, fire service, law enforcement, hospitals, EMS agencies, nursing homes, home healthcare, mental health, public health, private business and others (which may include representative for dialysis, diabetes, medical supply and others).