Quake Breakdown
Hospitals Provide Key Information on Disaster Preparedness

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In a marked turnaround from a prior survey, more than 90 percent of California’s hospitals have provided key information sought by state and federal officials about their preparedness for earthquakes and other disasters.

Stories

Major quake could sideline 60 percent of SoCal hospitals

A 2011 earthquake survey, which scores of Southern California hospitals declined to answer, had its start with a landmark study of the potential damage wrought by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault near the Salton Sea.

Many SoCal hospitals rebuff government over disaster plans

In early 2011, federal and state officials asked 200 Southern California hospitals to provide information about their ability to survive a catastrophic earthquake along the southern San Andreas Fault.

Q & A with California Hospital Association

The California Hospital Association, the Sacramento-based industry group representing the state’s hospitals, has criticized aspects of a federal/state effort to collect earthquake preparedness data from facilities in Southern California.

Quake preparedness paid off for Northridge Hospital

The hospital that bears the name of the most destructive Southern California earthquake in recent years has no excuse to be unprepared, said Susan Shamban, disaster coordinator for Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

Questions asked of Southern California hospitals

Below are questions that federal and state officials asked of 200 Southern California hospitals in early 2011. Nearly half of the hospitals declined to supply answers.

Hospitals respond to earthquake readiness survey

In a marked turnaround from a prior survey, more than 90 percent of California’s hospitals have provided key information sought by state and federal officials about their preparedness for earthquakes and other disasters.

Authors

Deborah Schoch

Deborah Schoch

Senior writer Deborah Schoch reports on hospitals and health care delivery, nursing homes, environmental health and food. Her most recent articles have examined patient safety andhospital infections. She was a founding writer with the Center’s pilot project. Schoch spent 18 years as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, covering public health and the environment. She was a member of the Times newsroom teams that won Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news in 1992 and 1994. Schoch graduated from Cornell University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1999-2000, studying science, law and policy. Her work at the Center has won several honors, including first place in the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, from the Association of Health Care Journalists. She sits on the AHCJ board’s Right-to-Know Committee, which works to improve access to public health records.

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