60 Seconds to Survival

KET Coalition member Angie Bowen has served the healthcare community of East Tennessee and been an active member of the KET Coalition for many years. Angie has 26 years of emergency nursing experience and has held multiple leadership roles in the emergency response setting.  Before joining  REAC/TS, she served as the EMSC (Emergency Medical Services […]

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KET Coalition Member Deploys to Puerto Rico with DMAT

Coalition member, Marcus Sheppard, is currently deployed in Puerto Rico, attached to the Midwest 1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (defined below) as a Logistics Chief. Even weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through this area, there’s still much assistance to be offered in the area. When he’s not deployed, Marcus is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for […]

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Knox/East Tennessee Healthcare Coalition Hosts Regional Pediatric Surge Mass Casualty Exercise

On October 19, 2017 the Knox/East Tennessee Healthcare Coalition hosted our first pediatric focused mass casualty full scale exercise. This was the culmination of nearly two years of pediatric focused planning, training, resource coordinating, and exercising. During this exercise, we surged nearly 350 patients into our community hospitals with the vast majority of them being […]

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September is National Preparedness Month

Although the Knox/East Tennessee Healthcare Coalition is in the preparedness business all year, we thought that celebrating National Preparedness Month would be a great opportunity for us to remind everyone to take some time this month and make sure all of your preparedness plans are in place. The theme this year is “Disasters Don’t Plan […]

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In The News: Charity Menefee Healthcare Hero Award

We would like to congratulate Charity Menefee, Knox County Regional Hospital Coordinator and Knox/East Tennessee Healthcare Coalition Advisory Board member on her recent award for Healthcare Heroes 2017. Charity has been a strong leader within the healthcare community and we are proud to see her receive this recognition for her hard work and the value […]

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KET Coalition partners with Region 2 EMS to provide pediatric supplies that will serve the entire region

In 2014, Emergency Departments across the United States were asked to participate in the National Pediatric Readiness Project.  This project evaluated each state’s overall preparedness to care for Pediatric Emergencies both in day-to-day operations, as well, as preparedness for pediatric surge.  Tennessee had the highest score in the nation with a mean score of 89%! […]

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KET HC: Encouraging New Collaborations, Creating New Opportunities for Outpatient, Long Term Care and Ancillary Clinics

With new CMS regulations in effect, the Knoxville/East Tennessee Healthcare Coalition (KETHC) is working diligently with those facilities affected to assist with their emergency preparedness requirements. The KETHC has many years of experience with full scale exercise planning on a regional level, but this is a new learning opportunity for the Coalition by focusing primarily […]

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In The News

Medical center VP said CDP training was significant experience for her Irwin, the vice president of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and the administrator of Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn., took the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents and participated in the Integrated Capstone Event in September.Irwin’s hospital is part of Covenant Health, a healthcare system […]

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In The News

Local Responder Attends Homeland Security Training Posted on February 20, 2017 David Walton, Safety Officer FLMC Safety Program Officer David Walton, from Fort Loudoun Medical Center, and with the Knoxville/East Tennessee Healthcare Coalition, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland […]

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KET HC Inaugural Newsletter Summer 2017

Please take time to read over our FIRST Knox/East TN Healthcare Coalition (KET HC) Newsletter. The intent of this inaugural edition is to provide a sense of who we are and what we do as a coalition; therefore, it is quite full of information. Please take time to review the newsletter and feel free to […]

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