Hospital to Nursing Home Surge Pilot Meetings Held in Tarrytown

Karen Morris and Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

NYSHFA has been participating in a grant project with the NYSDOH Office of Health Emergency Preparedness to develop a pilot program entitled “Hospital to Nursing Home Surge.”  The impetus of the pilot is to explore the feasibility of “surging” hospital patients to select nursing homes in the event the hospital is required to decompress due to an event that produces a rapid influx of acute patients from the community for which the hospital needs inpatient beds.  The project is not meant to be an “evacuation” plan, as would be required in the event of a local of regional disaster, but rather a pre-planned movement of a limited number of patients for whom there are near future plans to be discharged to their homes. Hospital and nursing home providers who meant specific criteria were asked to volunteer to participate in the meetings in three regions of the state:  the Capital District, North Country and Lower Hudson Valley.

This fall, NYSFHA hosted the meetings in the lower Hudson valley and several of our member facilities attended. These face-to-face meetings enabled the hospital and nursing home providers to interact with their state OEM and local DOH Emergency Preparedness staff.  Many of the providers who attended the meetings expressed appreciation for having this time to meet their counterparts and explore innovative options related to preparedness.  A secondary deliverable of the project was to review and critique a draft template related to “Hospital to Nursing Home Surge” that a nursing home provider could use to develop their policies and procedures related to surge.  

Although this “pilot” is still in the planning stages, much has been learned from the healthcare providers who have “walked the walk” during recent disasters, such as Hurricanes Lee and Sandy and other weather related events. The lessons learned from these events are invaluable in assisting us in developing better plans for the future. As we move forward in our emergency preparedness activities, the importance of collaboration in pre-planning cannot be stressed enough. Long term care providers are strongly encouraged to open communication with other healthcare providers and continue the conversation related to efficient, effective emergency planning that serves their population and the community.

NYSHFA contacts: 

Nancy Leveille
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support Services
518-462-4800 ext 20 


Karen Morris
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 ext 15