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Disaster / Medical Surge

Emergencies come in many forms every day. Disasters also occur although not as frequently. In either case large numbers of sick and injured people requiring medical care can rapidly overwhelm local and regional healthcare systems. This is known as "medical surge."

During medical surge, the healthcare system expands with more personnel, equipment, and beds to be able to care for these patients. Responding to and managing such surges require the close coordination of many emergency responders, healthcare entities, government agencies and community organizations.

This concept of medical surge forms the cornerstone of medical and health disaster preparedness efforts. We work with our healthcare partners to coordinate healthcare preparedness, response and recovery in Contra Costa County during disasters and other states of emergency. We also work with our neighboring counties to make sure that we respond as one under extreme conditions.

Contra Costa County Medical Health Forum
 Many Partners, One Response

The Contra Costa County Medical Health Preparedness Forum is a voluntary, collaborative network of healthcare organizations and individuals that provide or support healthcare services in the County. The Forum meets regularly to share information, coordinate planning and response activities, and build resiliency. Membership on the Forum includes, but is not explicitly limited to hospitals, public and private medical or health services, emergency preparedness agencies, emergency services and governmental bodies with an interest in the provision of healthcare.


All Healthcare Response Partners
Long Term Care
Specialty Providers

  • Upcoming Exercises, Training Opportunities, Seminars and Workshops open to all healthcare partners.
    For information contact EMS at 925-646-4690
    October Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (Tabletop)
    November Statewide Medical and Health Exercise (Functional)
  • Clinics

    Community Clinics, County Healthcare Centers and other outpatient facilities provide needed services on a daily basis and serve critical response and recovery roles during health emergencies and disasters.

    • CCHS Contra Costa Health Services Health Centers
    •  Community Clinic Consortium of Contra Costa & Solano Counties
    •  La Clinica De La Raza
    • LifeLong Brookside
    •  Planned Parenthood

    Clinic, Health Center and other outpatient facility specific exercises, training opportunities, seminars, and workshops.
    For information contact EMS at 925-646-4690
  • Hospitals

    Contra Costa County is served by nine hospitals that work together during emergencies and disasters:

    • Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Martinez
    • Doctors Medical Center, San Pablo
    • John Muir Health at Concord & Walnut Creek
    • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals at Antioch, Richmond & Walnut Creek
    • Sutter Delta Medical Center, Antioch
    • San Ramon Regional Medical Center, San Ramon

    Children's Hospital and Research Center, Oakland (Although the hospital is located outside of Contra Costa County, Childrens' Hospital provides regional pediatric specialty care during disasters)

    East Bay Mutual Aid Agreement (February 2013)

    Hospital specific exercises, training opportunities, seminars, and workshops.
    For information contact EMS at 925-646-4690
  • Long Term Care

    There are many long term care facilities in Contra Costa County that provide medical and non-medical care to people who have chronic illnesses or disabilities such as Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), and Congregate Living Health Facilities (CLHFs). During disasters SNFs provide a secondary means to assist the hospitals and healthcare system in managing and absorbing large numbers of "surge" patients.

    Stonebrook Healthcare Center, Lone Tree Convalescent Hospital, and Antioch Convalescent Hospital are a few of the approximately 30 SNFs that participate in Contra Costa’s medical and health disaster preparedness efforts.

    Long Term Care specific exercises, training opportunities, seminars and workshops.
    For information contact EMS at 925-646-4690
    Save the Date:
    March 5, June 4, September 3 & December 3, 2015
  • Specialty Providers

    Specialty providers care for those individuals who have complex medical conditions or require unique medical skills. During and after disasters these specialty providers can use their capabilities and talents to assist the medical health system in managing medical surge.

    • DaVita, Inc (Dialysis)

    Specialty provider specific exercises, training opportunities, seminars, and workshops