This paper contains best practices to best position healthcare facilities when energy stressor events occur, prioritizing healthcare facility energy resilience.
Over the past several years, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) has supported states and territories on issues related to the healthcare workforce. Much of this work has focused on supporting and recruiting healthcare workers of various types, including direct care workers, nurses, physicians and the healthcare workforce at large. For this project, the issue of energy resilience as it relates to healthcare facilities was researched and discussed with states, as this is an ongoing issue for hospitals and direct care facilities, especially during times of extreme stress such as heat waves and disasters.
The NGA Center hosted a roundtable for state and territorial leaders and private partners in December 2022 to discuss emerging topics related to energy resilience for healthcare facilities. Drawing upon recommendations and guidance from the 2019 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report “Healthcare Facilities and…