Are You and Your Team Ready for a Pediatric Medical Emergency?

A child who won’t wake up. An infant screaming in pain. An overturned school bus. Are you and your team ready? Pediatric medical emergencies can happen at any time. When they do, the children of our community are counting on your team to be prepared to help them. As the only Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center […]

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Representing in Savannah!

The KET Coalition was well represented at the 2018  Emergency Management Summit and Training Session in Savannah, Ga.  Coalition members submitted abstracts  and all four were selected for presentation:  Oseana Britton (East TN Children’s Hospital)/ Charity Menefee (Knox County Health Department): You’ve Got to be “KID” ding: A Coalition’s Approach to Pediatric Preparedness Angie Bowen […]

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Regional Dialysis Clinics Leading the Way to Meet Emergency Communication Gaps

On March 10, representatives from area dialysis clinics worked together to address one of the leading gaps during any emergency: communications. The Knoxville/East Tennessee Healthcare Coalition (KETHC), in partnership with METERS (Middle, East Tennessee Emergency Radio Service), provided a Amateur Radio Technician’s class for interested clinics. The class quickly filled with clinic representatives willing to […]

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Regional Medical Communications Center Outreach to CMS17

On March 8, our partnering CMS17 facilities had their quarterly meeting, hosted by the Knoxville/East Tennessee Healthcare Coalition and the Knox County Health Department.  These groups meet to discuss relevant news, regulatory updates, exercise and planning needs, and participate in training. The KET HC CMS17 represents four facility type groups: Group 1: Long Term Care, […]

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TEEX Medical Management of CBRNE Events Training

The KE HC hosted the TEEX PER 211 course: Medical Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Events. This class provided participants with a hands on experience enabling them to distinguish between different agents of concern that could be used in a major incident. This class was a combination of facilitated discussions, small-group exercises, […]

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KET Representation at Statewide Healthcare Coalition Meeting

On January 31, 2018, Healthcare Coalitions across the state met to share and discuss upcoming plans and coalition direction at the Sevier County Convention Center. in Sevierville, TN. , This was a great opportunity to discuss best practices and make plans for future statewide meetings to help expand regional awareness of what each Coalition is […]

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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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