Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition

2022 Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition Meetings:


Coalition meetings are held quarterly:

10:00 AM- 11:30  at Citizens Medical Center, Central Classroom

Q1: Wednesday, March 2nd at 10:00 AM 
Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, our scheduled meetings will be held virtually. Please email if you are not currently included in meeting reminders. 
Q2: Wednesday, June 15th at 10:00 am 
Q3: Wednesday, September 14th at 10:00 am
Q4: Wednesday, December 14th at 10:00 am 

For information on becoming a member of the Golden Crescent Healthcare Coalition, please email

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. 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.

As defined by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), GCHCC general membership shall consist of representatives from the following four (4) core member facility types:

  • Acute Care Facilities
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Management Agencies
  • Public Health Organizations

The GCHCC general membership may consist of representatives from the following non-core member facility types:

  • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
  • Clinics, Rehabilitations, and Therapy Centers
  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Centers
  • End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice
  • Immediate Care Facility – Intellectual Disability
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Primary Care Providers, including pediatric and women’s health care providers
  • Programs for the All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
  • Rural Health Care – FQHC
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities

The GCHCC general membership may include but is not limited to representatives from the following additional non-core member organizations:

  • Behavioral health services and organizations
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • Infrastructure companies (e.g., utility and communications companies)
  • Jurisdictional partners, including cities, counties, and tribes
  • Local chapters of health care professional organizations (e.g., medical society, professional society, hospital association)
  • Local public safety agencies (e.g., law enforcement and fire services)
  • Non-governmental organizations (e.g., American Red Cross, voluntary organizations active in disasters, amateur radio operators, etc.)
  • School and universities, including academic medical centers
  • Support service providers (e.g., clinical laboratories, pharmacies, radiology, blood banks, poison control centers)

Representatives shall be from the above-listed entities within GCHCC defined boundaries who actively contribute to GCHCC strategic planning, identification of gaps and mitigation strategies, operational planning and response, information sharing, and resource coordination and management. Representatives should be involved in an aspect of regional medical preparedness for, response to, and recovery from a major-medical/public health event in the region, state, or nation.

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)

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 other regional healthcare providers to efficiently coordinate medical care for the citizens of the 6-county TSA-S region during a major event of any cause. The GCMOC will activate according to the GCMOC Activation Algorithm.

Coalition Planning Group

The Coalition Planning Group (CPG) 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. CPG will discuss items related to medical preparedness, response and recovery in the region and provide updates and reports to coalition.  The Coalition Planning Group will be comprised of at least one (1) representative from each of the four (4) core coalition member facility type organizations (hospitals, EMS, Emergency Management agencies, Public Health organizations).