| Andrea Bishop, BSN|
Emergency Preparedness Project Manager
Andrea Bishop is the emergency preparedness project manager at The Center for Health Affairs. In this role, she offers disaster preparedness training to Northeast Ohio hospitals and healthcare facilities interested in planning and preparing for an all-hazards event.
She works in collaboration with Beth Gatlin, Director, to manage grant-funded program activities and initiatives that enhance regional disaster preparedness through disaster preparedness training.
Bishop frequently attends state-level disaster preparedness meetings to collaborate with community agencies and promote disaster and terrorism preparedness to the region, state and nation. Bishop also promotes the directives of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to the Northeast Ohio healthcare community.
As the direction of ASPR grant funding shifts from equipment purchases to proficient equipment use, Bishop continues to dedicate more time to exercise planning and development, which fulfills the ASPR exercise deliverables and The Joint Commission Emergency Management Chapter for accreditation. These regional exercises facilitate coordination between hospitals, healthcare facilities and their regional partners.
Since its inception in 2008, Bishop has been involved with the implementation of OHTrac. OHTrac provides a statewide system for tracking patients from Mass Casualty Incidents to ensure a coordinated, well organized victim/family reunification system that is accessible to multiple response and coordinating partners (EMS, hospitals, EMAs, Red Cross, Medical Examiners, et al). Bishop's unique responsibility is to help hospitals and the EMS community to incorporate and learn how best to use OHTrac.
Andrea Bishop has 23 years’ experience as a registered nurse, with a primary focus in emergency room. She also has 20 years of service in the Navy Nurse Corps. Her experiences in the military and hospital settings collectively add to her ability to offer disaster preparedness training and serve as an advocate on behalf of hospitals’ best interests related to emergency preparedness.
Bishop's areas of expertise include:
- OHTrac Implementation
- ASPR Directives and Grant Funding
- Emergency Preparedness Exercise Planning