The West Area Tennessee Coalition for Healthcare (WATCH Coalition) is a membership organization established to implement the intent of the Tennessee Department of Health’s Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) and support member facilities and organizations in meeting expectations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers – and to do so in collaboration with local emergency management agencies and public health departments.
HHS manages the National Healthcare Preparedness Program through the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), which defines an HCC as, "A collaborative network of healthcare organizations and their respective public and private sector response partners that serve as a multiagency coordinating group to assist with preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities related to healthcare organization disaster operations."
The WATCH Coalition provides a venue whereby disaster and health emergency preparedness stakeholders from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors can share resources and information in preparedness, response, and recovery – and to do so without compromising proprietary strategies and information of individual healthcare facilities and organizations who may be competitors in the private healthcare market.
Healthcare Providers, Public Health Departments and Emergency Management Agencies that reside in the counties of Henry, Benton, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Carroll, Chester, McNairy, Gibson, Madison, Hardeman, Weakley, Obion, Lake, Dyer, Crockett, and Haywood counties in the state of Tennessee.
Reduce cost, workload, and risks for the region’s healthcare providers, public health departments, and emergency management agencies.
A prepared healthcare system resilient in the face of disasters and public health emergencies.