Public Health Practices: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
Public Health Practices
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness & Response
ASTHO - The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Reopening Shuttered Hospitals To Expand Surge Capacity (National)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Practice Description: 

Shuttered hospitals possess the structural attributes that may allow them to provide better care, as opposed to other proposed alternate care sites within a community. This lengthy guidance describes the rationale and strategies for re-opening shuttered hospitals to enhance medical surge capacity in a community. These materials describe the authors' experiences in re-opening a hospital in Boston and offer an extensive toolkit to address the issues others may encounter, such as physical and structural condition of the hospital, legal issues, and other logistical concerns. The documents provide clear guidelines on the myriad issues to consider when re-opening a closed hospital, and this excellent resource would be useful for any jurisdiction containing a shuttered hospital.

State / Territory: 
Not Applicable
Surge Toolkit and Facility Checklist