Health System Surge
Health System Surge is one of the Governor’s Core Goals for A
Prepared Maryland. OP&R is fulfilling this priority by ensuring the
development of coordinated statewide plans to address health system
surge. OP&R is also providing guidance and technical assistance to
preparedness partners to assist in local and organizational surge
planning efforts. Critical components of Health System Surge include:
Pandemic Influenza Planning, Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), and
Local Health Department Preparedness.
Improving biosurveillance is one of the Governor’s Core Goals for a
Prepared Maryland. OP&R is leading the effort to enhance
biosurveillance capabilities in the state of Maryland. OP&R conducts
biosurveillance activities to detect the early presence of disease or
illness which may be indicative of a threat to public health and
well-being. Biosurveillance data sources are reviewed and analyzed on a
daily basis – 24/7/365.
Hospital Preparedness Program
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is a federal program funded
by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Preparedness and Response. The goal of the program is to
enhance healthcare systems capacities and capabilities to prepare for,
respond to, and recover from any public health incident. DHMH
administers the activities of HPP and collaborates with various
healthcare systems to enhance Maryland’s readiness in the event of a
public health incident.
OP&R is responsible for coordinating a public health emergency
response in the state of Maryland. As lead for Emergency Support
Function #8: Public Health and Medical (ESF 8), OP&R oversees
several critical emergency operations functions. The key activities of
OP&R Emergency Operations include: Strategic National Stockpile
(SNS), Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), and the Maryland Professional
Volunteer Corps (MPVC).