The Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition (CFDMC) continues to support the efforts of area healthcare facilities to not only become more resilient to multiple disasters, but to also meet the new conditions of participation set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).

For these reasons, on March 5th and 6th, CFDMC hosted two, “hands-on” Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning workshops for member organizations. Those in attendance represented nursing homes, long-term care facilities, health departments and others across the East Central Florida Domestic Security Task Force Region 5 (RDSTF Region 5). RDSTF Region 5 comprises nine counties: Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Martin, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, St. Lucie and Volusia.  

Held at the St. Lucie County and Brevard County Health Departments, the workshops provided participants valuable guidance in the development of their COOPs, as well as significant time using the CFDMC’s planning platform (provided by BOLDplanning). There were also discussions surrounding best practices, strategies for long-term plan maintenance, etc. to ensure plan success and help nurture the Coalition’s deeply instilled culture of preparedness.

CFDMC’s COOP workshops were conducted by BOLDplanning’s Lead Healthcare Planner and Senior Project Manager, James Woulfe, CHPCP, CBCP.