Who We Serve

Our community’s health care system plays a crucial role in responding to various disasters…

including, but not limited to, large-scale events like hurricanes, public health emergencies such as COVID-19, and smaller, localized incidents that affect the health of our residents. To ensure high-quality patient care during these crises, it is essential for healthcare stakeholders to coordinate and collaborate effectively. Health Care Coalitions (HCCs) incentivize diverse healthcare organizations with different priorities to work together to prepare for and respond to events that threaten public health. As a coordinating entity and response body, HCCs ensure that their members have the necessary medical equipment and supplies, real-time information, communication systems, and trained personnel to respond to emergencies.

The Keys Health Ready Coalition (KHRC) is a collaborative network of healthcare organizations and their public and private response partners.

We work together to assist Emergency Management and Health and Medical Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF8) with preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to healthcare disaster operations. The KHRC helps improve medical surge capability and capacity and enhances the county’s health system preparedness for disasters and public health emergencies.

Our members represent healthcare and preparedness disciplines in all communities across our county.

They include hospitals and healthcare systems, local emergency management, local public health, EMS providers, long-term care providers, behavioral and mental health responders, specialty service providers such as dialysis, pediatrics, urgent care, home health care agencies, hospice, etc., and support service providers such as laboratories, pharmacies, blood banks, primary care providers, community health centers, federal entities such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), VA hospitals, and private healthcare entities such as health and hospital associations. Along with these members, partners such as law enforcement, public works, non-profit organizations, volunteer and community organizations active in disaster, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, and volunteer medical organizations are all part of our Coalition.

Who We Work With

  • Public Health agencies
  • Emergency Management agencies
  • Emergency Medical System (EMS) agencies (public and private, including Fire Department-based)
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Centers
  • Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, and Group Homes
  • Dialysis and ambulatory surgical agencies
  • Blood banks, stand-alone medical laboratories and poison control agencies
  • Medical Examiners and funeral homes
  • Mental health/behavioral health providers
  • Healthcare associations and professional medical associations
  • Pharmacies and pharmacy associations
  • Primary care providers and walk-in clinics
  • Higher education agencies directly involved in healthcare profession education
  • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units
  • Volunteer organizations with a health and medical mission (Red Cross or similar)
  • Community organizations with a health and medical mission
  • Faith-based or non-profit organizations
  • Private organizations with a health and medical system role