May 17, 2023 Membership Meeting

Recording link and passcode: See email from Jennifer on May 20.
We discussed how hospitals should prepare for the Medical Response and Surge Exercise on June 14. The scenario will give each hospital a 20% surge of paper patients based on the bed survey responses. The premise of the exercise is that hospitals will then look at their real census and staffing on exercise day, and move through their paper patient surge to determine how many patients they can make room for, how many current admissions where they can expedite discharge, and whether they have enough supplies to care for the paper patients in this scenario. Please consider inviting your local EMS, interfacility transport, public health department, and emergency management reps to your hospital command center during the exercise. There will be a hotwash immediately after the conclusion of the exercise, and we will also talk more in-depth at our June Hospital Forum meeting (June 20 at noon) about how hospitals responded and overall themes, strengths, and areas for improvement.
Reminder that hospitals are asked to complete the MATCH survey to report their in-kind efforts on exercises and real events. These survey responses help the Hospital Preparedness Program meet our 10% grant matching requirement from the feds. Deadline for survey completion for this grant year is June 30 (we will ask again for activities starting July 1 next year). MATCH survey link:
ABLS continues to be a hassle, without warning we learned ABA changed learning platforms about 6 weeks ago, current course progress was lost if the course wasn’t finished at that time, and users cannot find where to access the course on the new platform. Jennifer sent out an email on May 8 to all users on her master registration list requesting that they attempt to log in and find the course, and if it is not there, to reach out to ABLS ( to put in a support ticket. Users should do this before they attempt to resume the course, to be sure the course is actually there when they need it! Related to the Burn Surge Plan- don’t forget to share/post the burn plan activation one-pager so your staff know when and how to activate the burn plan. Link:
We reviewed the poorer than usual EMResource response rates, especially to mass casualty incident type events. Typically two root causes: training is needed to show staff how to do it correctly, or alerts are not getting to the staff tasked with responding. Remember that notification methods include text message (to personal or pass around phones), email, and voice alerts (robodial that can also go to a landline). Group expressed an interest in continued reminders to keep addressing the problem, Jennifer will also compile response rates and share soon. Remember that the success of the RMCC, and more importantly better patient outcomes, are supported when hospitals respond. This is the only way for the field to understand your current capabilities based on your current staffing and patient loads!
Medical Response and Surge Exercise: Two specific injects written into exercise to engage local public health and emergency management. Please join your hospital command center in person so you can learn from each other and learn what you can offer each other in this scenario. Even if you cannot be there in person, your hospitals (or the exercise controllers) will reach out to you during the exercise for support on these injects. Please discuss with your staff how you would respond to these injects and add that to feedback survey or email to Jennifer.

SCWIHERC will be doing annual review of plans, making updates, and requesting documentation that your organization received our plans via DocuSign in Junem completion requested by June 30. This is an annual federal requirement that HERCs must meet to show the feds that we pr ovided these plans to our partners, your completion of the DocuSign is our official documentation for this requirement.

Several opportunities remain from now until June 30: Flyers for all are attached.
Media Relations Workshop June 1, 11 seats remain

Active Shooter Incident Management Basic for First Responders June 6 or 7, 60 seats remain

CMS Virtual Exercise June 21, room for 100 more organizations! Please continue to target and share this with long-term care facilities, hospices, home health agencies, ambulatory surgery centers, outpatient physical/occupational therapy providers, end stage renal disease (dialysis) providers, federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This exercise is customized to these audiences to help test their emergency operations plan, communication plan, and help them satisfy an exercise requirement!

Mark Paulson, WI DHS Radiation Protection Section Manager, joined us to give a presentation on their office and the support and resources offered. Refer to recording and remember that these resources can be reached 24/7 at 608-258-0099 (WI DHS emergency line).

We then proceeded through the tabletop exercise on a radiation injury scenario (SitMan link: ). This is here for your organization if you would like to review this scenario internally with your staff and leadership.

Other helpful resources:

Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site:

WI DHS web page that links to a lot of the resources below and some WI specific guides:
Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD) Response Guidance Planning for the First 100 Minutes: Video and link to guidance
First 100 minute guidance
CDC Population Monitoring and Reception Centers:
Guide to operating shelter during a radiation emergency:
Points of Dispensing to Community Rection center planning toolkit:
Video and job aid for screening people for external contamination:
Just in time training resources and quick reference guides for clinical staff:

Radiation Injury Treatment Network:


Some strengths and areas of improvement from our discussion will be captured and shared in a brief after action report and improvement plan in the next few weeks.

Next meeting in new grant year yet to be scheduled, but likely in September, watch email!
Meeting attendance:
Lisa Herritz- Ho Chunk Nation
Jim Abitz- Southwest Health
Angie Cohen- Grant Regional
Steve Haskell- UW Health
Belle Koch- Sauk Prairie
Jodi Moyer- Beloit Health System
Matt Christian- Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam
Nathan Bubenzer- Meriter UPH
Lyle Kratochwill- Richland Hospital
Carmen Luther- Reedsburg AMC
Diana Quinn- SSM Health
Chad Atkinson- Mercyhealth
Christal Foreyt- Gundersen Boscobel
Dave Larson- Madison VA
Paige Heinke- SSM Health
Colleen Wilson- Waupun Memorial
Mike Hall- Monroe Hospital
Carol Quest- Watertown PH
Eric Anderson- Dane County EM/EMS
Dave Kitkowski- St. Clare Baraboo
Joe Meagher- Dodge County EM
Sharon Rateike- St. Mary’s Janesville
Lisa Peters- Gundersen Moundview
Tom Ellison- UW Health
Tammy Kingery- Gundersen Moundview
Leanne Seifert- Watertown RMC
Carmen Carpenter- Iowa County PH
Brent Skiba- Watertown RMC
Mike Stephens- Fort Health Care
Loni Hefner- Access Community Health Centes
Samroz Jakvani- Jefferson County PH
Hannah Sedlacek- Adams County HHS
Victoria Parker- Watertown PH
Matt Bartol- Dodge County EM/PH
Erin Hastert- Lafayette County PH
Kimberley Spurgeon- Family La Clinica
Lynn Skatrud- Green County PH
Michael Niles- Rock County PH
Jeff Kindrai- Grant County PH
Stacy Blakemore- Sauk Co EM
Gary Ziegler- Green County EM
Josh Kowalke- Reedsburg Area Ambulance
Roman Mullen- Dodge County PH
Carol Brown- Rainbow Hospice
Lisa Schweitzer- SSM Health
Sarah Jensen- Marquette County PH
Mark Paulson- WI DHS
Aurielle Smith- Public Health Madison and Dane County, SCWIHERC
Mike Lohmeier- SCWIHERC and UW Health
Dan Williams- SCRTAC
Jennifer Behnke- SCWIHERC

March 22, 2023 Membership Meeting

SCWIHERC 3-22-23 Meeting Notes

Recording: See email from Jennifer on March 24 for link and passcode.


We discussed the end of the Public Health Emergency and how the hospitals are modifying policies in response.  There is quite a bit of variability in policies regarding masking for patients, visitors, clinical and non-clinical staff.  This is an evolving topic and those still requiring masking continue to discuss and prepare for changing those policies soon. 

We discussed the DASH Tool and many had an opportunity to use it since our last meeting.  Consensus is that the tool is straightforward and easy to use. Related webinar:   Many noted that their current inventory management systems also account for certain scenarios and increased burn rates that are also considered by the DASH Tool. 

Next Hospital Forum is April 12 at noon, will resume discussion on TJC New Emergency Management Standards that was started in February.


SCWIHERC is planning several activities before June 30:

ActivityTarget AudienceNotesProposed Date(s)
Radiation Injury Annex Review and TTXEveryoneNext Regional MeetingMay 17- scheduled!
Medical Response and Surge Exercise (MRSE)Hospitals, everyoneVirtual functional, about three hoursJune
CMS Partners Virtual ExerciseSNF, Home Health, Hospice, Amb Surgery Ctrs, ESRD providers, PT/OT, FQHC, RHC, ICFIIDVirtual functional, about three hoursJune
Media Relations WorkshopPartners who deal with the mediaIn-person workshop, 6-8 hoursJune
Active Shooter Incident Management Basic (with TtT)First RespondersStudents: 4 hour slots over two days Trainers: both full daysJune
Tech Systems In-service (EMResource, EMTrack, eICS, WEAVR)Anyone who uses any of these systems and wants to learn more/needs a refresher (new staff!)Virtual over Zoom, come and go for each session (60-90 min) as you wishMay

All activities will be promoted by email when the dates are confirmed and registration is available.

Final HVA is available and posted to SCWIHERC shared drive.  Of note: supply chain, staffing shortage, and workplace violence have all moved up in ranking, and are recent additions to the HVA.

We had a lengthy discussion on Supply Chain.  This is our #7 ranking hazard on our regional HVA.  Vulnerabilities exposed or exacerbated by pandemic continue to exist today.  This topic is emphasized by HPP grant and ASPR TRACIE because it is so impactful to response to all hazards!

Refer to the discussion questions in separate attachment, and this resource: 

Organizations are encouraged to facilitate internal discussion on this topic.

Refer to the recording for full discussion, some very high level themes and takeaways:

-Supply chain for both pharmacy and other materials is incredibly complex.  We appreciate our materials management partners for everything they do to obtain the supplies we need to care for patients.  Maintaining relationships with vendors is critical.

-Pharmacy shortages are not new but possibly more prevalent now.  Constant state of reaching out to health system motherships, retain pharmacies, other potential sources.  Entire pharmacy roles exist just to modify formularies and communicating changes to clinical staff is constant.

-The task of balancing is constant: just in time delivery and lean principles vs paying and storing a glut of supplies that may never be used.  This is a struggle for all orgs.

-Small wholesalers and creative partnerships and resources have been a lifeline in the past: homemade supplies, partnering with others who can produce items we need (face shields, hand sanitizer, 3D printing)

-Suggested systemic measures to improve situation include government incentives for increased production, onshore/domestic production to significantly cut lead and shipping time could relieve allocation pressure. 

What are we concerned about right now?  ED Boarding, lack of post-acute care discharge beds, lack of transportation for patient transfer, delayed care keeping acute care busy, ED is the primary care of last/only resort so they stay full.  Chronic issues!

  • Meeting attendance:
  • Angie Zastrow- Rainbow Hospice
  • Nathan Bubenzer- UPH Meriter
  • Chad Atkinson- Mercyhealth
  • Belle Koch- Sauk Prairie Healthcare
  • Gary Trulson- UW Health
  • Jessica Palzewics- Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam
  • Jodi Moyer- Beloit Health System
  • Karmen Bryer- Beloit Health System
  • Bob Swenarski- St. Mary’s Janesville and SCWIHERC
  • Nikki Ripp- Adams County HHS
  • Casey Farnum- UW Health
  • Loni Hefner- Access Community Health Centers
  • Seaton
  • Chris Brownell- Grant Regional Health Center
  • Dave Larson- Madison VA
  • Lynn Skatrud- Green County HD
  • Mary Crowley- Juneau County HD
  • Lori Mertens Pelliteri- Dean Clinics
  • Christal Foreyt- Gundersen Boscobel
  • Jane Lentz-Gervais- Adams Co EM
  • Colleen Wilson- Waupun Memorial
  • Marie Darling Ellis- Columbia County HHS
  • Diana Quinn- SSM Health
  • Bill Sobaskie- Madison VA
  • Mike Hall- Monroe Hospital
  • Leanne Seifert- Watertown Regional Med Ctr
  • Lisa Herritz- Ho-Chunk Nation
  • Carmen Mihlbauer-Luther- Reedsburg Area Med Ctr and SCWIHERC
  • Tina Strandlie- Stoughton Health
  • Daniel Pease- Town of Beloit Fire
  • Carmen Carpenter- Iowa Co HD
  • Eric Anderson- Dane County EM/EMS
  • Charlie Johnson- St. Mary’s Madison
  • Kimberley Spurgeon- Family Health La Clinica
  • Hannah Sedlacek- Adams Co HHS
  • Jeff Kindrai- Grant Co HD
  • Jason Witte- WI DHS EMS
  • Erin Hastert- Lafayette Co HD
  • Kara Takes
  • Jessie Phalen- Sauk Co HD
  • Paige Heinke
  • Patti Miller- City of Beloit EM
  • Gary Ziegler- Green Co EM
  • Matt Bartol- Dodge Co PH/EM
  • Michael Niles- Rock Co HD
  • Samroz Jakvani- Jefferson Co HD
  • Sarah Jensen- Marquette Co HD
  • Matt Christian- Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam
  • Sally Blackbourn- Memorial Hospital of Lafayette Co
  • Dan Williams- SCRTAC
  • Mike Lohmeier- SCWIHERC and UW Health
  • Jennifer Behnke-SCWIHERC

SCWIHERC’s Solicitation Opportunities

SCWIHERC is currently soliciting bids for the following:

Custom Multi Victim Incident Response Training Videos- SCWIHERC is looking to produce custom training videos for our response partners on the topic of multi victim incidents and mass casualty incidents.  This product must be custom-produced to meet the needs of our region and contain content on current best practices and procedures recommended and in use in our region.  SCWIHERC and its partners must retain the right to access the final product in perpetuity as part of the proposal.  Proposals will be accepted for this solicitation until June 12, 2023 and invoice for services must be generated by June 30, 2023.  Please submit proposals and any questions to

Nothing at this time, please check back!

January 25, 2023 Membership Meeting

SCWIHERC 1-25-23 Meeting Notes
Recording: see email from Jennifer on January 26.
Hospital Meeting:
ABLS update: still have seats left, still have hospitals in region that haven’t used their seats. All unused seats that were previously earmarked for a hospital in our region will be given up to the first come, first served pool in the region and state if unclaimed after February 10. Then facilities may request extra seats, and other regions may use them as well. Jennifer will send a separate email on this with a specific breakdown of how many seats remain from initial allocation for each facility.
Burn Plan one page quick reference guide: Identified need for this resource after debriefing from Pulaski bonfire incident, wanted to make a resource available for frontline ED staff to know how to activate the burn plan and where to find more information. Please educate your staff on this resource and post where it will be available to them: (in shared drive)
Med shortages: If a medication shortage has been raised to a level of significance that your EOC/IC within your facility is aware of it, please share with Jennifer to be shared for situational awareness to the region (facility will be de-identified), state, feds. State and feds need significant lead time to act on this info, so earlier is better!
Question on readily available safety references and resources for staff that can be included in newsletters etc? Looking for something that has already been created to minimize recreating the wheel. If you identify any, please share with Jennifer.
Public Health Emergency was extended until April, but how are we getting ready to transition to operations after PHE expires and going back to “new” normal? Please start to discuss with your team and share any checklists or resources you have started in anticipation of this task. Jennifer will also look for resources and discuss with other HERC Coordinators.
Anyone using the DASH Tool? Disaster Available Supplies in Hospitals. Related webinar: Recommend entering your information in these forms to find out what your numbers are to start planning and making the case for carrying this inventory of these supplies. Will revisit with March supply chain meeting to continue discussion.

Will discuss new TJC EM standards at next hospital meeting, please bring your questions and discussion points for the group.

Membership Meeting:
Plug for WEM Governor’s Conference, registration and agenda info: Starts end of February in West Madison/Middleton.
HVA Survey due February 24, see email from Jennifer on January 24 for link.
Exercise update: currently soliciting bids for Medical Response and Surge Exercise (MRSE). Must be completed by June 30, goal of exercise day between May and early June. Exercise info: Seeking exercise design team members, please email Jennifer if interested! Also NucRad TTX based on draft surge plan to be held May 17 as part of SCWIHERC meeting. NucRad is topic for this year’s specialty surge.
March 22 meeting will have supply chain integrity theme, please invite your internal and external (vendor) supply chain partners!
Anticipating funding to continue SALT Triage Ribbon and RMCC training project this spring, target audience is EMS providers but we should probably offer at least one more session for hospital audience, only about half participated in May 2022.
SCWIHERC is planning a virtual information sharing systems in-service day in late spring, more hands-on approach for using various systems (EMResource, EMTrack, eICS, others?). More info to come.
Sam Anderson, WI DHS OPEHC Training and Exercise Coordinator Sam talked about the training needs assessment survey results, statewide results included in email from Jennifer January 25 but regional results will also be compiled later. Looking at optimal and efficient planning with expensive course offerings (CHEC, BDLS, ADLS etc.) in the face of limited funding availability.
Presentations and extensive discussion on using EmPOWER tool, refer to recording.
Mandi Walsh, Health Preparedness and Response Ops Specialist
Ken Van Horn, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, PHMDC
ONLY Local Health Officer or their designee can request the data! Recommend pulling practice data set out of PCA Portal and practicing sorting and deleting data to find what you need to take action. Ken will share his notes with LHDs when he has a chance.
While using/requesting the response data, we learned that we can speed up the request and implementation by making sure we knew how exactly we could share the files with only applicable people (easy on most systems, not on ours)and, after scrambling to find some people to help sort data on Dec. 23 right before a holiday, are putting together a list of people who can step in and are comfortable with this data set.
Note that coordination of safety checks should triage patients based on the type of device they are relying on and how emergent it is to life safety (cardiac devices, ventilators). Coordinate with your local EOC and EMS to create your own triage criteria. Pros and cons to using law enforcement officers to conduct safety checks: keeps fire/EMS free for response and other 911, but not all communities feel safe answering the door to law enforcement unannounced. Consider in your response planning!
Other current topics: Feds will not mobilize Tamiflu from SNS until all other local/regional resources have been exhausted. More info in email from Jennifer Friday, January 20. What else are we focusing on? Staff burnout and wellbeing. Remember that “Now What?” modules are available on demand from SCWIHERC shared drive under best practices, resiliency. These are in five units and can be used one at a time at small staff meetings etc.
Next meeting: March 22, 1-4PM.
Meeting attendance:
Jane Lentz-Gervais, Adams Co EM
Josh Kowalke, Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service
Mary Crowley, Juneau Co PH
Lynn Skatrud, Green Co PH
Dave Kitkowski, St. Clare Baraboo,
Gary Ziegler, Green Co EM
Victoria Parker, Watertown PH
Ken Van Horn, PH Madison and Dane Co
Tom Ellison, UW Health
Roman Mullen, Dodge Co PH
Nick Metz, Upland Hills Health
Lori Mertens Pelliteri, Dean Clinics
S Eaton, Community Health Systems
Charlie Johnson, St. Mary’s Madison
Lisa Herritz, Ho Chunk Nation
Colleen Wilson, Waupun Memorial
Marie Ellis, Columbia Co PH
Christal Foreyt, Gundersen Boscobel
Ian Fisher, Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam
Carmen Luther, Reedsburg Area Medical Center
LuAnn Reuter, Prairie Ridge Health Columbus,
Chad Atkinson, Mercyhealth Janesville
Mike Stephens, UW Health
Jodi Moyer, Beloit Memorial
Emily Kosterman, Waupun Memorial
Sally Blackbourn, Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County
Sarah Jensen, Marquette Co PH
Steve Haskell, UW Health
Colton Ritchie, PH Madison and Dane Co
Dave Larson, Madison VA
Belle Koch, Sauk Prairie Hospital
Katie Budack, Grant Regional
Jennylynde Packham, UW Health Rehab Hospital
Leanne Seifert, Watertown Regional Medical Center
Kimberley Spurgeon
Carol Brown, Rainbow Hospice
Mike Hall, Monroe Hospital
Nathan Bubenzer, Meriter
Tammy Kingery, Gundersen Moundview
Joe Meagher, Dodge Co EM
Jim Abitz, Southwest Health
Mary B, Jefferson Co HD
Bob Swenarski, St. Mary’s Janesville
Keith Hurlbert, Iowa Co EM
Diana Quinn, SSM Health
Angie Cohen, Grant Regional
Dan Williams, SCRTAC
Aurielle Smith, PH Madison and Dane Co
Jeff Kindrai, Grant Co PH
Carrie Meier, Dane County EM
Samroz Jakvani, Jefferson Co PH
Matt Bartol, Dodge County PH/EM
Madison Dillinger
Jodie Moliter, Sauk Co PH
Annie Fridh, Community Health Systems
Carly Tibbits, Iowa Co PH
Patti Miller
Cara MacKenzie
Karen Greenwald, Dodge Co PH
Alesha Erdenberger
RoAnn Warden, Green Co PH
Mary Tessendorf, Monroe Hospital
Julie Staffin, Mayville EMS
Sam Anderson, WI DHS OPEHC
Mandi Walsh, WI DHS OPEHC
Jennifer Behnke, SCWIHERC

November 9, 2022 Membership Meeting

SCWIHERC 11-9-22 Meeting Notes

Passcode: See email sent November 10

Hospital Meeting:
EMResource reminders- PEDs surge bed count, update at least once daily, not going away as long as surge is an issue. PEDS ED Boarders expected to go up

ABLS- next batch expiring in February, sending periodic updates. Seat allocation: 5 nonphysician seats for each level III, IV and unclassified, 12 nonphysician setas for each level I and II. 2 physician seats for each hospital. Reach out at any time to enroll new students, check assignment, with other questions.

Open discussion: violent patients and patient security screening. Barriers to implementation- staffing. Seeing increase in threats from patients/visitors. Not necessarily weapons, but more physical aggression/assault directed at staff. Is incidence increasing, or reporting increasing? Both. Increasing visitors d/t decreasing COVID restrictions is a factor.
De-escalation options: Crisis Prevention Institute Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, MOAB (management of aggressive behavior), increasing posted signage on patient/visitor behavior expectations, higher security presence in facility, DT4EMS, active threat drills at service level. Safety solution in another state: installed hotel safes in trauma bays to store contraband/weapons while the patient was admitted, have security staff move weapon off patient. Some states have quite intensive security screening procedures compared to us. Shared escalation policy- green, yellow, red, full lockdown, policy shared by email November 10.

HCID discussion: need a review of Ebola state ConOps and how ETCs/Regional Treatment Centers are involved, include transportation plan.

Membership Meeting:

Leadership review SCWIHERC and OPEHC: or first tab of Coalition phone book in SCWIHERC shared drive.

Fiscal and Sustainability Update- The HERCs have been presented with a lot of new policies that impact how we do business. Grant funds are only reimbursable after expenses have been incurred, so how do we solve cash flow to pay for vendors and services up front? Historically have had the benefit of having a fiscal agent, but now that we are an incorporated legal entity, this is not allowed anymore. Current coping mechanism is HERC staff have been putting expenses on personal credit, which is not advisable or sustainable. To better explore options, SCWIHERC will be recruiting a Sustainability Coordinator to explore our options for revenue sources and cash flow issues. Sustainability Coordinator Request for Application emailed and posted to on November 10. SCWIHERC Board welcomes any and all suggestions and ideas on how to cope with these issues. Additional fiscal policies that have been recently updated include a Net 30 days from submission turnaround time on funding disbursement, we cannot spend grant funds on food, any HERC travel is reimbursed at the state rate (previously was federal rate), must use state procurement guidelines for competitive bids, and all HERC expenses must be explicitly approved by the state ahead of time to be reimbursed.

Training, Exercises, SALT Triage and RMCC Project and Training: Training needs assessment was sent out October 26, sent again November 10, due Nov 30. Your input is requested and valued!

Working on request for application to find a contractor to assist with planning and conducting our Medical Response Surge Exercise (MRSE), which replaced the Coalition Surge Test (CST) from the before COVID times. This exercise will also test our pediatric surge plan to satisfy another grant deliverable. Plan to use a Wisconsin Dells peak tourism season scenario for surge. Other planned TTX is for radiological surge, which is the topic of our specialty surge annex this year.

Still continuing with SALT Triage and Regional Medical Coordination Center project and training. Offered 5 first receiver train the trainer sessions in May, about half of hospitals participated. Still hoping to have other hospitals participate, please reach out to plan a regional training or to request triage ribbon kits or replacement ribbons. Youtube training video for hospitals:

Also continuing to offer similar training to EMS agencies in the region, also incorporating training on RMCC resource-activation and coordination. Reach out to schedule these sessions!

Will Koehne, WI DHS OPEHC Epidemiologist, gave an interview of Hospital Dashboards on PCA Portal, review recording, email Jennifer or Will for access. Other systems’ discussion deferred at this time.

RSV surge- Please update bed count (green banner) daily! What will be the issues with PEDs surge? Short on pediatric providers and staff for both ED and inpatient. Some have developed some education for nursing and family practice to augment clinical care- partner with your respiratory therapy! Jennifer will forward clinical resources from the National Pediatric Disaster Coalition/AAP to hospitals.

No reports of diesel fuel shortage in the region at this time, but have seen elsewhere in the state. Be sure you have a priority contract with your vendor and please relay any news of shortages to Jennifer and your county emergency manager for situational awareness.

No reports of albuterol shortage in the region at this time, but have seen elsewhere in the state. Reports of etomidate, fentanyl, and racemic EPI shortages.

Doug Hill gave an update on Crisis Standards of Care. Note that Wisconsin Hospital Mutual Aid MOU will be sunsetting and not renewed, due to a lack of interest from hospital leaders and WHA. Refer to recording and this 2010 WHA document he referenced:
Doug Hill can be reached at

Meeting attendance:
Matt Bartol- Dodge County HHS, EM
Tom Ellison- UW Health
Lyle Kratochwill- Richland Hospital
Christal Foreyt- Gundersen Boscobel
Mary Crowley- Juneau Co HD
Amanda Diedrich- Juneau Co HD
Sarah Jensen- Marquette Co HD
Jodi Moyer- Beloit Health System
S Eaton
Donna Haugom- Jefferson Co EM
Tina Strandlie- Stoughton
Belle Koch, Sauk Prairie Hospital
Carmen Luther- Reedsburg Area Med Ctr
Jim Abitz- Southwest Health
Ron Krause- Mercyhealth
Matt Christian- Marshfield Med Ctr Beaver Dam
Jennylynde Packham- UW Health Rehab
Dan Williams- SCRTAC
Adrianne Bonow
Eric Anderson- Dane County EM
Dave Larson- Madison VA
Mike Stephens- UW Health
Steve Haskell- UW Health
Nathan Bubenzer- Meriter UPH
Katie Budack- Grant Regional
Dave Kitkowski- St. Clare Baraboo
Sam LaMuro- Fort HealthCare
Jodie Molitor- Sauk Co HD
Nina Gregerson- PH Madison and Dane County
Leanne Siefert- Watertown Regional Med Ctr
Karen Greenwald- Dodge Co HD
Kimberley Spurgeon- Family Health La Clinica
Heather Poker- St. Mary’s Madison
Tammy Kingery- Gundersen Moundview
Samroz Jakvani- Jefferson Co HD
Laura Kane- UW Health
Sally Blackbourn- Memorial Hospital of Lafayette Co
Carrie Meier- Dane Co EM
Sharone Rateike- St. Mary’s Janesville
Elizabeth Chilsen- Jefferson Co HD
Nick Metz- Upland Hills Health
Victoria Parker- Watertown HD
Lynn Skatrud- Green Co HD
Emily Kosterman- Waupun Memorial
Jane Gervais- Adams Co EM
Jeff Kindrai- Grant Co HD
Colton Ritchie- PH Madison and Dane County
Ken Van Horn- PH Madison and Dane County
Tanna McKeon- Green Co EM
Debbie Siegenthaler- Iowa Co HD
Andrea Murleau
Madison Dillinger
Chad Atkinson- Mercyhealth Janesville
Will Koehne- WI DHS OPEHC
Doug Hill- CSC Project
Aurielle Smith- PHMDC and SCWIHERC
Mike Lohmeier- UW Health and SCWIHERC
Jennifer Behnke- SCWIHERC

June 15, 2022 Membership Meeting

June 15 SCWIHERC Membership Meeting Notes


Passcode: See email sent June 15

Reminder that DocuSign signatures for annual plan review are due June 30.  Reminder email was sent directly to signer on file for your organization.  Will resend any unsigned plans 7-10 days before deadline.

Upcoming Trainings and Information:

Course Location Date Link if available
MGT-341; Dis. Preparedness Hosp/HC Spooner October (TEEX still determining exact date)
MGT-341; Dis. Preparedness Hosp/HC Fox Valley Tech T.C. July 26-27
CISM – Group Columbia Sheriff Office June 17-18 Contact HERC coordinator
AWR-331; Winter Weather Lincoln County 27-Sep
AWR-232; Mass Fatalities Planning Oneida County Sheriff 29-Jun



SCWIHERC Exercises

-Medical Response Surge Exercise – Replaces Coalition Surge Test.  Planning to start this summer.  Tie into DARES scenario?

-Pediatric Surge TTX – As part of MRSE exercise/scenario?

Annual Plans Review:

After plans are reviewed and updated, Docusign process, same as last year.  Sent to every core organization except EMS (which will be sent June 16), signatures due by June 30.


Scholarship opportunities start July 1!  $2,000 aggregate limit per active member (must provide proof of participation in 2 SCWIHERC events in previous 365 day period), must meet other application requirements.  Valid on conference registration fees, travel (mileage/flight/lodging). Scholarship opportunity excludes PHEP recipients, please use PHEP funds!

Burn Surge Plan Review and Tabletop Exercise: SitMan and slides available in Shared Drive, also review recording.

Hospital Meeting:


Is a mess, please continue to send your registered student information, please be patient and standby!  Student will receive an email when successfully enrolled and course is accessible.

SALT Triage First Receiver Train the Trainer

Resuming this project after COVID delay. Three facets of training/maintaining staff proficiency:

  • SALT Triage First Receiver video, which should be viewed by anyone in your organization who might be put to the task of triage in the event that you have an MCI in your community that would result in self-presenting patients. Link:
  • Train the Trainer sessions for our Champions to review the concepts and receive training on our SALT ribbon bags, see emailed out April 27.  We will distribute the ribbon bags for your facility to your Champion at these trainings.
  • Your Champions bring their training and ribbon bags back to your facility, where they train your other staff on these SALT triage concepts, and how to use the ribbon bags, and maintain a regular competency program for your new hires and as part of annual training for current staff.

About half of hospitals have received their bags and participated in our SCWIHERC trainings in mid-May.  Direct outreach to hospitals that haven’t is forthcoming.  We really encourage all of our regional hospitals to join this project to ensure they have staff that know how to field triage self-presenting patients and their triage methods are consistent with EMS field triage.

CSC Updates: Doug Hill

Wisconsin Hospital Mutual Aid MOU- There is not a strong statewide desire to renew this document as a state.  Opportunity to develop regional MOUs if desired, (what are next steps/follow up?)

CSC Concept of Operations- Doug Hill is developing as part of grant deliverables, but it leans more along the lines of allocation of scarce resources than crisis standards of care.

CSC Article: PDF of article available in Best Practices Folder of shared drive.

GE IV Contrast Shortage- Looks like we’re coming out of it. No current concerns.

TJC EM Standards Update Resources:

From Wakefield Brunswick:–YF8DR8UWsCCEpSDw2u7Ia-GOcd8m0JFWlXuLfmKMfQ81o-zjbMvb93-rVgSKR4oMXb_LUZJFofUzC7UnNeuS3NiTG5U6Nr-NUjcoW9bZMxb_yh4M&utm_content=213264864&utm_source=hs_email

AHEPP Webinar June 15 1100 recording will be posted to notes at when available.

Lessons Learned and Best Practices from COVID-19 and other real events:

How are we remaining nimble for future variants/surge/vaccination/testing?

What else are we working on? Mass casualty drills, implementing SALT Triage in ED.

What else are we responding to? Current event in Dane County from June 13 storm, widespread power outages including some persisting into 48+ hours (as of the time of these notes being written).  Compounded by heat advisory.  More widespread severe storms anticipated tonight through whole region and state, be prepared!  Current lessons learned:  cell networks were jammed immediately after power outage, don’t forget basics like Wireless Priority Service, WISCOM radio, GETS cards, FirstNet.  When SCWIHERC Responder has communication issues (Jennifer lost power during event and cell service was spotty for a few hours), that will be posted on EMResource under coalition header at top of page (hover over Jennifer’s name), and as out of office reply on email when possible, with further instruction.

Meeting Attendance:

Jane Lentz-Gervais- Adams County EM

Charlie Johnson- St. Mary’s Madison

Jeff Kindrai- Grant County HD

Brent Skiba- Watertown Regional Medical Center

Mike Tedeschi- NEWHERC

Lisa Herritz- Ho Chunk Nation

Joe Meagher- Dodge County EM

Jennylynde Packham- UW Health Rehab

Dave Kitkowski- St. Clare Baraboo

Katie Budack- Grant Regional Health Center

Matt Christian- Marshfield Medical Center Beaver Dam

Angie Cohen- Grant Regional Health Center

Doug Hill- CSC Coordinator

Tina Strandlie- Stoughton Health

Bill Ritzer- Reedsburg Area Medical Center

Galen Kennedy

Kara Takes- Unified Therapy

Diana Quinn- SSM Health

Lynn Skatrud- Green County HD

Michael Niles- Rock County HD

Nathan Bubenzer- UPH Meriter

Ed Somers Clearview Dodge County

Suzanne Schreiner- Adams County HHS

Rodney Punzel- UW Health

Julie Gorman- Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Jodie Molitor- Sauk County HD

Jen Hankwitz- UW Health

Brian Allen- Southwest Health

Michael Stephens- UW Health

Alice Salli- Mendota Mental Health Institute

Sam LaMuro- Fort HealthCare

Mary Tessendorf- Monroe Hospital

Steve Haskell- UW Health

Jim Abitz- Southwest Health

Carol Brown- Rainbow Hospice

Jennifer Lorenz- Mercyhealth Janesville

Kurt Hoeper- Upland Hills Health

Sarah Jensen- Marquette County HD

Sally Blackbourn- Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County

Lori Mickelson- UW Health Burn Program

Carmen Carpenter

Mike Hall- Monroe Hospital

Dave Larson- Madison VA

Dr. Mike Lohmeier- SCWIHERC

Jennifer Behnke- SCWIHERC

May 3, 2022 Membership Meeting

Join us for our membership meeting May 3:


May 3 SCWIHERC Membership Meeting Notes


Passcode: refer to email from May 3 or ask Jennifer

Reminder that COVID AAR survey is due May 27, see email sent April 23 for more info and link to survey.

Upcoming Trainings and Information:

CourseLocationDateLink if available
MGT-341; Dis. Preparedness Hosp/HC  Spooner  October (TEEX still determining exact date)   
MGT-341; Dis. Preparedness Hosp/HC  Fox Valley Tech T.C.  July 26-27
CHEC – Basic & Advanced  Wausau  May 17-19  Contact HERC coordinator
CISM – Group  Columbia Sheriff Office  June 17-18  Contact HERC coordinator
AWR-331; Winter Weather  Lincoln County  27-Sep
AWR-232; Mass Fatalities Planning  Oneida County Sheriff  29-Jun   
AWR-326; Tornado Awareness  Lake Delton  17-May
MGT-439; Pediatric Disaster ResponseMilwaukeeMay 5 – 6Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness | TEEX.ORG

SCWIHERC Exercises

-Burn Surge TTX Due June 30 – Scheduled for NEXT SCWIHERC MEETING (Date TBD soon)

-Medical Response Surge Exercise – Replaces Coalition Surge Test.  Likely this summer.  Tie into DARES scenario?

-Pediatric Surge TTX – As part of MRSE exercise/scenario?

Annual Plans Review:

After plans are reviewed and updated, Docusign process, same as last year.  Goal to send out at beginning of June, signatures due by June 30.


Is a mess, please continue to send your registered student information, please be patient and standby!  Student will receive an email when successfully enrolled and course is accessible.

SALT Triage First Receiver Train the Trainer

Resuming this project after COVID delay. Three facets of training/maintaining staff proficiency:

  1. SALT Triage First Receiver video, which should be viewed by anyone in your organization who might be put to the task of triage in the event that you have an MCI in your community that would result in self-presenting patients. Link:
  2. Train the Trainer sessions for our Champions to review the concepts and receive training on our SALT ribbon bags, see emailed out April 27.  We will distribute the ribbon bags for your facility to your Champion at these trainings.
  3. Your Champions bring their training and ribbon bags back to your facility, where they train your other staff on these SALT triage concepts, and how to use the ribbon bags, and maintain a regular competency program for your new hires and as part of annual training for current staff.

Lessons Learned and Best Practices from COVID-19 and other real events:

How are we remaining nimble for future variants/surge/vaccination/testing?

Hospitals: creation of a high consequence infectious disease plan/annex at the hospital level that details information regarding medical countermeasures, Strategic National Stockpile, volunteer management (including WEAVR), ASPR pandemic preparedness checklist (, PPE burn rate calculator (, Acute Hospital Care at Home (see COVID-19 email update sent April 1), other healthcare at home initiatives.  Integrating COVID population back into hospital units (in negative pressure rooms) to free up COVID units but maintain them for additional surge readiness.

Local Health Departments: maintaining capacity for contact tracing, testing, and vaccination, cross training staff on all so they can meet current needs. Maintaining testing capacity with state contracts and private testing vendors.  Continue to meet with healthcare partners to maintain readiness.

Other Healthcare providers: continuing to practice good infection control practices including masking per CDC guidelines (, working with local pharmacies to maintain testing and vaccination capacity

What else are we working on? Workplace violence training/escaping violent encounters, missing persons drills, hospital evacuation training, streamlining plain language alerts (getting away from code colors).  Public health also working on responding to higher rates of other communicable diseases, boosting childhood vaccination rates that have suffered during pandemic by promoting Vaccines for Children providers/enrollment, lead screening, home visits, starting WIC in person again.

We could do better on EMResource response rates, especially for MCI events.  Response to these alerts breaks down based on a number of factors, including staff turnover and not being able to keep up with training, how alerts are received, alert fatigue, being able to tell from an alert if something is informational only or requires action.  Will take back to discuss further at state level. EMResource resources are available in SCWIHERC shared drive -> EMResource.  Additional information and resources: Reach out to Jennifer to troubleshoot/verify alerts/facilitate training.

Brian Kaczmarski, Statewide HERC Coordinator, gave a presentation on the state and regional High Consequence Infectious Disease Plans.  The current version of these plans as well as the slides from the presentation are available in the shared drive.  A resource mentioned during the presentation is the Dane County EMS Primer on Infectious Disease:

We then transitioned into a tabletop exercise/discussion on a High Consequence Infectious Disease scenario.  The Situation Manual for this exercise is available in the SCWIHERC shared drive ->Exercise Templates. 

Meeting Attendance:

Josh Kowalke- Reedsburg Ambulance

Emily Kosterman- Waupun Memorial

Jeff Kindrai- Grant County Health Dept

Jodi Moyer- Beloit Memorial

Lynn Skatrud- Green County Health Dept

Elizabeth Chilsen- Jefferson County Health Dept

Lisa Herritz- Ho Chunk Nation Health

Andy Koehler- Fort Health Care

Angie Cohen- Grant Regional

Sam LaMuro- Fort Health Care

Jodie Molitor- Sauk County Health Dept

Tina Strandlie- Stoughton Health

Lyle Kratochwill- Richland Hospital

Jennylynde Packham- UW Health Rehab

Sarah Jensen- Marquette County Health Dept

Christal Foreyt- Gundersen Boscobel

Sarah Van Hoof- UW Health

Jessie Phalen- Sauk County Health Dept

Dave Kitkowski- SSM Health St. Clare Baraboo

Nikki Ripp- Adams County Health Dept

Tanna McKeon- Green County EM

Kara Takes- Unified Therapy

Michael Guss- Walworth County Health Dept

Dave Larson- Madison VA

Mike Stephens- UW Health

Lori Mertens Pelleteri- SSM Health

Brenda Totzke- Mile Bluff Medical Center

Sally Blackbourn- Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County

Mary Bender

Kelly Mitchell- UW Health

Ken Van Horn- Public Health Madison and Dane County

Carmen Carpenter- Iowa County Health Dept

Steve Haskell- UW Health

Aurielle Smith- SCWIHERC and PHMDC

Victoria Parker- Watertown Health Dept

Katie Budack- Grant Regional

Michael Niles- Rock County Health Dept

Kurt Hoeper- Upland Hills Health

Julie Gorman- Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Karen Sell- Prairie Ridge Health Columbus

Tammy Kingery- Gundersen Moundview

Jane Lentz-Gervais- Adams County EM

Brianna Juszczak- Mile Bluff Medical Center

Heidi Finucan- Mile Bluff Medical Center

Diana Quinn- SSM Health

Donna Haugom- Jefferson County Emergency Management

Julie Leibfried- Lafayette County Health Dept

Samroz Jakvani- Jefferson County Health Dept

Brian Kaczmarski- WI HERCs

Jennifer Behnke- SCWIHERC

December 1, 2021 Membership Meeting

December 1 SCWIHERC Membership Meeting Notes

Meeting Recording Link (will expire November 30, 2022):

We started by reviewing EMResource user info and event notification preferences.  Both of these are found under the “Preferences” tab.  It is recommended that your ED HUC desk landline number be added to the EM Coordinator’s EMResource notification voice section under “Preferences” and “User info.”  Remember to click save when navigating away from this form.  Then go into event notifications and check the voice box for MCI region 5, MCI statewide/bordering regions, Bed Count region 5, Bed Count Statewide/bordering regions, general announcement region 5 and statewide/bordering regions, and any other alerts you want the ED to receive. Click save when navigating away from this form.  Be sure the EM Coordinator and any other appropriate users are receiving other important notifications such as resource request, be on the look out, Amber alert, etc.  Note that we have recently noted serious delays in notifications coming from certain events (seems to be tied to general announcement type events) and an escalated support ticket has been started with Juvare.

Anyone needing help setting up or verifying alerts, or refresher EMResource training with staff, should reach out to Jennifer.

We discussed the Regional Medical Coordination Center concept.  Any time an incident happens within SCWIHERC’s 14 county region, we may activate the RMCC to help the field determine where to transport patients from the field.  The recommended threshold for activation is 5 patients or more.  It is critical for hospitals to respond to the MCI alert within 15 minutes.  This helps the field help your facility by trying not to give you more than you can handle, which is important with high census right now.  If the needs of the field can’t be met with the numbers currently entered, you may be asked to refresh your bed counts accordingly.  Please also be aware that the field may send you at least one patient prior to receiving counts, which is also why your response is important.  If there is an MCI close to your facility, your facility should always expect to receive some patients from that scene.

We reviewed the EmPOWER and Social Vulnerability Index data.  Jennifer sent out the most recent update on October 20.  It is a grant deliverable to send this out twice a year.  There is a summary of numbers of electricity-dependent CMS beneficiaries broken down by county in this update, and there is a new spreadsheet that breaks out those beneficiaries based on categories like ventilators, oxygen tanks or concentrators, dialysis, electric mobility devices etc.  The spreadsheet contains tons of information and definitions.  These numbers are helpful for planning and should be shared with local planning partners.  The limitation to this data is it is all de-identified, so it doesn’t help us find these populations until after an emergency has occurred, therefore we don’t know how to use this list to the greatest benefit of our communities.  There are opportunities for whole community preparedness and collaboration with other providers, such as home health and hospice agencies, dialysis and durable medical equipment providers, to better prepare for caring for these populations.

General EmPOWER data can be found at:

The EmPOWER spreadsheet is obtained from HHS and uploaded to the PCA Portal where Health Departments and HERC Coordinators can retrieve it.

Social Vulnerability Index data is at

Including county level data:

We had a discussion on several topics related to COVID-19 response:

Questions on how orgs are adapting their ICS structure to such a long event:  holding meetings virtually, relying on dashboards for info sharing, moving to weekly meetings.

Questions on how orgs are managing their AAR process:  several subsections or versions of AAR to cover different phases of pandemic.

Discussion around current visitor policies:  only allowing one visitor at a time, in some cases only one visitor per day (same person can come and go, but multiple visitors cannot).  Some variation with OB, PEDs, and end of life patients.  Offering or requiring visitors wear masks. No visitors for COVID positives or respiratory patients until COVID ruled out. Meriter shared external link to their policies:

Lots of discussion on how visitor policies have led to an increase in security and behavioral events due to visitors’ unwillingness to comply.

General discussion around coping with surge.  Facility closed urgent care to move staff to ED, but caused an uptick in ED visits.  Biggest barriers are staffing shortage, lack of physical room, extended wait for transfers, lack of transportation options.   Question on using Critical Care Paramedics to augment Respiratory Therapy in hospitals?  Also still asking for another ACF to decompress surge.

Shortage of post-acute care available beds, including noting problems with major variations from one facility to another in admission parameters (COVID history, how many days since COVID negative, patient can’t have visitors for 90 days after COVID (note that prohibiting visitors is not allowed and addressed by CMS here:

Also don’t forget RAST resource for helping LTCF with outbreaks:

Joe Cordova reviewed the resources for staffing assistance.  This process will be coming down officially in writing, but consists of: 2 attempts at WEAVR outreach (first doesn’t yield much, sometimes second does) WEAVR request procedure: WI DHS staffing resource assistance (Jennifer emailed on Oct 1).  If those resources aren’t sufficient, email Joe ( to discuss the process of applying for federal staffing assistance (Jennifer emailed the form and additional FEMA information to hospitals on November 20.  Do not submit this form to your local Emergency Manager, email Joe with questions).  Note that federal staffing requests are usually only granted for 2-3 week deployments, and that FEMA will want requestors to provide details both on how staff will be used, and what the facility’s plan for staffing is once the deployment, if granted, ends.

Finally, we shared identified needs and ideas for supporting staff mental health and resiliency.  With staffing being one of our biggest limiting factors, and staff burnout being one of the biggest causes, providing staff support should be an organizational priority.

Ideas shared include giving staff the opportunity to share their stories and know that they are not alone.  Having separate support groups for leadership where they can feel vulnerable.  Manager purchased the book ER Nurses by James Patterson and wrote a message of appreciation and admiration for each of them inside.  Offering support groups to staff.  Deployed a therapist to round on units for staff.  Hospital wellness coordinator shared materials and resources, Jennifer will try to get and share. “Managing the soft side of hard stuff.”  Jennifer shared debriefing that another colleague did for HERC staff, will look at SCWIHERC offering that in an anonymous and virtual environment where staff can just drop in and talk with their peers from outside their organization.  Will look at providing a separate offering for leaders so they have a safe space to feel vulnerable outside their normal management duties.

SCWIHERC Deliverables/Projects Update agenda item was not covered due to lack of time, will be covered at a future meeting.

Meeting attendance:

Chad Atkinson- Mercyhealth

Jeff Ethington- UW Health OPO

Joe Meagher- Dodge County EM

Diana Quinn- SSM Health

Lisa Herritz- Ho Chunk Nation

Steve Haskell- UW Health

Sharon Warden- Mile Bluff Medical Center

Kara T-Unified Therapy

Lori Mertens Pelliteri- SSM Health

Alice Salli- Mendota Mental Health

Mary Tessendorf- Monroe Hospital

Aurielle Smith- SCWIHERC and Public Health Madison Dane County

Jane Gervais- Adams Co EM

Mike Hall- Monroe Hospital

Tom Ellison- UW Health

Dave Larson- Madison VA

Asa Rowan- Beloit Area Community Health Systems

Jodie Molitor- Sauk Co HD

Kurt Hoeper- Upland Hills Health

Gail Scott- Jefferson Co HD

Bob Swenarski- St. Mary’s Janesville

Allison Davey- Green Lake Co HD

Keith Hurlbert- Iowa Co EM

Kathy Johnson- Columbia Co EM

Angie Cohen- Grant Regional Health Center

Tina Strandlie- Stoughton Health

Sarah Jensen- Marquette Co HD

Sam LaMuro- Fort Health Care

Amy Nehls- Dodge Co EM

Jeff Kindrai- Grant Co EM

Matt Byczek- UnityPoint Health

Jessie Phalen- Sauk Co HD

Ron Krause- Mercyhealth

Brenda Koehler-Borchardt- Watertown Regional Medical Center

Amanda Dederich- Juneau Co HD

Angie Zastrow- Rainbow Hospice

Laura Kane- UW Health

Josh Kowalke- Reedsburg Ambulance

Katrina Harwood- Rock Co HD

Christal Foreyt- Gundersen Boscobel

Suzanne Schreiner- Adams Co HD

Nathan Bubenzer- UPH Meriter

Carrie Meier- Dane Co EM

Julie Gorman- Sauk Prairie Healthcare

Brian Allen- Southwest Health

Samroz Jakvani- Jefferson Co HD

Megan Lee- UW Health

Russ Sprecher- St Clare Meadows

Julie Liebfried- Lafayette Co HD

Mike Stephens- UW Health

Michael Niles- Rock Co HD

Joe Cordova- WI DHS

Jennifer Behnke- SCWIHERC

SCWIHERC Hospitals See High Patient Volumes, Limited Resources – News Release


September 10, 2021

Hospitals in South Central Wisconsin see high patient volumes, limited resources
Hospitals seek community help to prevent COVID-19 cases putting critical strain on regional healthcare systems

Hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout southcentral Wisconsin are experiencing a high volume of inpatients, limiting hospital beds and putting a strain on resources.

This serious situation is occurring across the 14 counties of the South Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition, (SCWIHERC). Its member hospitals are asking for our communities’ help.

To better control the situation, the hospitals are urging everyone to continue being vigilant with COVID-19 safety measures, such as receiving any COVID-19 vaccine, masking, and physically distancing where appropriate.

This present high volume of patients spans across critical care areas of the hospitals, like intensive care units (ICU), general medical floors, and emergency departments. With resources stretched, it is becoming more difficult to receive care close to home if you may need it for COVID and non-COVID-related illnesses.

From July 28 to Sept. 1, the total number of COVID-19 hospitalizations increased four-fold in the South Central region. In that same timeframe, there were 5.5 times the number COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations. Many rural hospitals have no or limited ICU capability and are all reliant on the same limited ICU beds in larger cities, including Madison.

While the current high volume in healthcare facilities in the region is a mixture of COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, a rise in preventable COVID-19 admissions is a driving factor. Preventing a further rise in COVID-19 admissions is our focus in this critical time.

In fact, COVID-19 infections requiring hospitalization are increasing at a similar rate to last winter’s surge. With students from pre-K through college returning to classrooms, the Labor Day holiday, and colder weather soon driving people indoors, additional increases are expected which could stretch resources to critical levels.

To receive a COVID-19 vaccine, please contact your local healthcare providers, or visit the state Department of Health Services vaccine webpage.


The South Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition (SCWIHERC) is a coalition that collaborates with 29 area hospitals and numerous other healthcare providers over 14 counties to prepare for and respond to emergencies in South Central Wisconsin.

SCWIHERC Members signing this message:

Organization Media Contact Name and Email (if provided)
South Central Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition Jennifer Behnke (
Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital and Clinics Haley Gilman (
Beloit Health System Megan Goggin (
Edgerton Hospital and Health Services  
Grant Regional Health Center  
Gundersen Health System Chris Stauffer (
Marshfield Medical Center – Beaver Dam Dan Baulch (
Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County and Primary Care Clinics  
Mercyhealth Rebecca Rose (
Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston  
Prairie Ridge Health  
Reedsburg Area Medical Center Robert Van Meeteren (
The Richland Hospital Lyle Kratochwill (
Sauk Prairie Healthcare Amy Ryan (
SSM Health Lisa Adams (
Southwest Health Jaime Collins (
Stoughton Health Laura Mays  (
UnityPoint Health – Meriter Nicole Aimone (
UW Health Andrew Hellpap (
Watertown Regional Medical Center Steve Hunt (
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Paul Rickert (



May 3, 2021 Meeting

SCWIHERC General Membership Meeting May 3, 2021 Notes

Meeting recording (expires May 3, 2022):

Intro updates and reminders:
SCWIHERC is seeking nominations for a hospital representative on our Board of Directors. Nominations should be sent to by May 17.
SCWIHERC still has UV lights disinfection lights available to partners, reach out to for more info.

Katherine Johnson, WI DHS OPEHC Systems Coordinator, gave an update on several platforms and projects:
EMResource: SNFs have been built in EMResource and we are working to engage them to have them update their bed availability weekly or as it changes. This was a lesson learned during the pandemic with discharging patients needing post-acute care, and the hope is that this will be an up to date resource that hospital discharge planners can use to find open beds while benefitting SNFs who have open beds. This webinar was recorded to show SNF users the system:
Event response has been somewhat poor recently, including for real events. Please check your alerts and ensure your phone is confirmed to receive text alerts. We are looking at bringing on voice alerts, which enable the system to robodial any phone number to indicate there is an event going on. This would be particularly beneficial for organizations that carry phones that do not receive text messages.
EMTrack, the patient tracking software, and eICS, incident management software for the HERCs are both expected to go live soon and more information will be coming. This link provides a demo on how EMTrack works:
WISCOM: WI DHS had a funding opportunity to provide updated type 1 WISCOM radios to all hospitals in the state at no cost to the hospitals. See separate email on May 3 from Jennifer for a flyer with details. Hospitals will be asked to provide a contact where the WISCOM agreement should be sent for signature via Docusign if they wish to receive the new equipment.

We had an open discussion on COVID-19 including strategies for reaching those still unvaccinated. Partners are using different approaches including walk in clinics, flexible clinic hours, targeting outreach to include the homebound, vulnerable, BIPOC communities, using creative venues including parks, malls, job centers, workplaces to meet people where they live, work, and play. Some are holding local vaccinator coordination meetings to guide their planning and improve equity. Business partnerships that were forged during previous outbreaks are now being leveraged to offer vaccine clinics for their workforce.

We reviewed existing SCWIHERC plans and our Health Emergency Planner, Amanda Hauser, gave an overview of the new state and regional burn plans. The burn plans detail how we plan to coordinate and provide care to patients for up to 72 hours in the event of a burn mass casualty incident if the burn centers in the state (UW Health and Columbia St. Mary’s Milwaukee) are already full, and burn victims have to be cared for at all trauma centers (including level I, II, III and IV) until they can be transferred to burn centers in the state or out of the state if needed. Level II trauma centers are asking to serve as burn surge facilities and will hear from us separately on what that entails. Level III and IV trauma centers are being asked to facilitate several RNs, an ED physician, and a general surgeon receive ABLS Now training to be able to provide this care. WI DHS and SCWIHERC have some funding to support the provision of this training.
All SCWIHERC plans can be found in the SCWIHERC shared drive. They were recently updated for the year and we are seeking feedback on them; after they are finalized, we will be asking our partners to sign off acknowledging these plans. See separate email from Jennifer for more information.

SCWIHERC still intends to host a COVID-19 AAR in late summer, hopefully in person! SCWIHERC also intends to host a Healthcare Recovery TTX in the fall, rescheduled from spring 2020.

Meeting attendance:
Kurt Hoeper- Upland Hills Health
Charlie Johnson- SSM Health Waupun
Jodi Moyer- Beloit Health System
Tina Strandlie- Stoughton Health
Laura Kane- UW Health
Eric Anderson- Dane County EMS/EM
Ben Eithun- SCWIHERC and UW Health
Alesha Erdenberger- Care and Rehab
Terra Whirry- Columbia County HD
Tanna McKeon- Green Co EM
Sam LaMuro- Fort Health Care
Josh Kowalke- Reedsburg Area Ambulance
Kara Takes- Unified Therapy
Julie Staffin- Mayville EMS
Jen Weadge- Rock Co HD
Aurielle Smith- PH Madison and Dane County
Mary Tessendorf- Monroe Clinic
Erin Francois- New Glarus Home
Christal Foreyt- Gundersen Boscobel
Dave Kitkowski- St. Clare Baraboo
Gail Scott- Jefferson Co HD
Alison Hanamann- Edgerton Hospital
Amanda Gessler- St. Mary’s Madison
Jeff Kindrai- Grant Co HD
Amy Nehls- Dodge County EM
Leslie Cody- Allay Hospice
Asa Rowan- Beloit Area Community Health Centers
Angie Cohen- Grant Regional Health Center
David Drews- Columbia Co
Belle Koch- Sauk Prairie Hospital
Ed Somers- Clearview Dodge Co
Sharon Warden- Mile Bluff Medical Center
Sally Blackbourn- Memorial Hospital of Lafayette Co
Diana Quinn- SSM Health
Ron Krause- Mercyhealth
Suzanne Schreiner- Adams Co HD
Brian Allen- Southwest Health
Shelly Beschta- Reedsburg Area Medical Center
Christa Drays- Rainbow Hospice
Steve Haskell- UW Health
Dawn Eskau- Marquette Co HD
Mike Hall- Monroe Clinic
Bob Swenarski- St. Mary’s Janesville
Bill Ritzer- Reedsburg Area Medical Center
Kathy Johnson- Columbia County EM
Emily Kosterman- Waupun Memorial Hospital
Sharon Rateike- St. Mary’s Janesville
Carol Brown- Rainbow Hospice
Debbie Siegenthaler- Iowa Co HD
Jane Gervais- Adams Co EM
Ann Zenk- Wisconsin Hospital Association
Stephanie Kuschel- Mercyhealth
Kevin Weber- Sauk Prairie Ambulance
Ben Ruyle- St. Clare Baraboo
Heather Poker- St. Mary’s Madison
Jodie Molitor- Sauk Co HD
Erin Hastert- Lafayette Co HD
Tammy Kingery- Gunderson Moundview
Jennifer Vosen- Sauk Co Health Care Center
Nathan Bubenzer- Meriter UPH
Donna Haugom- Jefferson County EM
Dave Larson- Madison VA
Carrie Meier- Dane County EM
Alison Chouinard- Rock Co HD
Jessica Lake- FBI
Carmen Luther- Reedsburg Area Medical Center
Michael Niles- Rock Co HD
Karen Sell- Prairie Ridge Health Columbus
Katherine Johnson- WI DHS OPEHC
Amanda Hauser- WI DHS OPEHC
Jennifer Behnke- SCWIHERC

November 4, 2020 Meeting

SCWIHERC General Membership Meeting November 4, 2020 Notes

Meeting recording (expires May 4, 2021):

Doug Hill gave an update on COVID-19 Crisis Standards of Care, including the work being done by the State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee (SDMAC).  The state is expected to release guidance that mimic’s that of the National Academy of Medicine for COVID-19 vaccination priority groups.  Refer to the following documents:

Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine from the National Academy of Medicine:

This figure is on page 30 of the PDF.  Wisconsin’s guidance is likely to mirror this approach:

(Share Ethical standards document here)

Kevin Wernet gave an update on Mortuary Affairs and mass fatality planning.  Key points:

Reach out early to your local EM if you have needs (body bags, cold trailers)

Observe practices that respect the decedent.

Move decedents out of their unit bed.  If there is no room in your morgue, consider meeting the funeral home director at an entrance rather than bringing them into your facility and onto the patient care units.  Leaving the decedent on the unit and having the funeral home pick up from the unit directly increases their exposure and PPE burn rate.

Kevin also gave an update from the PPE task force.

Key message: every N95 mask that is discarded instead of decontaminated is one less mask we have during this pandemic and for flu season.  If internal resources are not available for decon, everyone is eligible to use the Battelle System.

See Respirator Reuse Guidance:

Email Kevin with any questions on these topics:


Hospitals- please fill out the Match survey to capture hospital involvement in real events and exercises.  It takes about 10-15 minutes if you have your AAR handy.  We use this information to capture your in-kind efforts to meet our required 10% match of our federal grant.  Link:

SCWIHERC COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Functional Exercise is rescheduled for December 9, deadline to register is November 25.  To be determined if we will have a spring exercise.  Healthcare Recovery TTX that was originally scheduled for spring 2020 may be postponed to fall 2021 depending on vaccination efforts.

We are offering a virtual condensed public information officer 4 hour course soon.  This course does not replace the G290 PIO curriculum (a 16 hour course), but offers a training for partners in PIO roles that have not been able to take formal training.  The goal is to balance current demands due to COVID surge with the need to deliver this course in time to use the skills learned when communicating with the public regarding COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  We conducted a poll during the meeting to determine when to schedule the course. Update: January was the top choice, we are looking at scheduling in early-mid January.

There are also many virtual training offerings available to keep up on your skills and knowledge since we cannot offer in-person trainings at this time.  Refer to

Center for Domestic Preparedness Virtual Instructor-Led Training:

Wisconsin Emergency Management virtual offerings (in purple):

The list produced by Svea Erlandson and Mariel Torres, our WI DHS Training and Exercise Coordinator and Specialist.

We resumed our weekly SCWIHERC COVID-19 discussion and gave organizational updates.

Meeting attendance:

Brad Armstrong, UPH Meriter

Diana Quinn, SSM Health

Jodi Moyer, Beloit Health Systems

Nathan Bubenzer, UPH Meriter

Sharon Warden, Mile Bluff Medical Center

Alice Salli, Mendota Mental Health Institute

Alison Chouinard, Rock Co Health Dept

Angie Cohen, Grant Regional Health Ctr

Ben Eithun, UW Health/AFCH/SCWIHERC

Bill Ritzer, Reedsburg Area Medical Center

Brian Allen, Southwest Health

Carrie Meier, Dane County EM/EMS

Dave Larson, Madison VA

Deanna Wright, Memorial Hospital of Lafayette Co

Debbie Siegenthaler, Iowa County Health Dept

Diana Arneson, Rock County

Donna Haugom, Jefferson County EM

Gail Scott, Jefferson Co Health Dept

Steve Haskell, UW Health

Jane Gervais, Adams Co EM

Jodie Molitor, Sauk Co Health Dept

Jon Erdmann, Divine Savior

Josh Kowalke, Reedsburg Area Ambulance

Julie Leibfried, Lafayette Co Health Dept

Kacey Kronenfeld, Madison Emergency Physicians

Kate Stauffacher, Recover Health

Ken Kaiser, Grant Regional Health Ctr

Brenda Koehler-Borchardt, Watertown Regional Medical Ctr

Kristin Osterday

Laura Kane, UW Health

Leslie Cody, Allay Home and Hospice

Lisa Herritz, Ho Chunk Nation Health Dept

Patrick Monckton, Southwest Health

John Pettey, St. Mary’s Madison

Bob Swenarski, St. Mary’s Janesville

Sally Blackbourn, Memorial Hospital of Lafayette Co

Sam LaMuro, Fort Health Care

Sharon Foley, Divine Savior

Stephanie Novak, Marquette Co Health Dept

Tina Strandlie, Stoughton Hospital

Anna Taylor, Monroe Clinic

Carmen Luther, Reedsburg Area Medical Center

Lyle Kratochwill, Richland Hospital

Ashley Vickers, Mercy Walworth

Mary Crowley, Juneau County Health Dept

Guests: Doug Hill, WI DHS Crisis Standards of Care; Kevin Wernet, Wisconsin Emergency Management

Facilitated by Jennifer Behnke