Disaster Response

PAPER 1:

Camp Fire, 2018

The California Wildfire of 2018 called the “Camp Fire” was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses. Named after Camp Creek Road, its place of origin, the fire started on Thursday, November 8, 2018, in Northern California’s Butte County. Ignited by a faulty electric transmission line, the fire originated above several communities and an east wind drove the fire downhill through developed areas. The fire caused at least 85 civilian fatalities, with one person still missing as of August 2, 2019, and injured 12 civilians, two prison inmate firefighters, and three other firefighters. It covered an area of 153,336 acres, and destroyed 18,804 structures, with most of the destruction occurring within the first four hours.

Adventist Health Feather River, also known as Feather River Hospital, is a 101-bed acute care hospital located in the town of Paradise, in Butte County, California, with a wide array of outpatient departments and services designed to meet the health care needs of Paradise, Magalia, and neighboring communities. Feather River Hospital was severely damaged in the November 2018 Camp Fire and is currently closed. The hospital was forced to evacuate after the fire jumped a road going to the hospital. Some people were trapped under Adventist Health Feather River in a tunnel until they could escape. Employees at Adventist Health Feather River evacuated 60 patients the morning of November 8, 2018. The patients were transported in ambulances, by helicopter, and in employee vehicles.

Your assignment: In a MEMO format, in700-900 words, please discuss the following about the Camp Fire 2018 Disaster Response:

  • What went well with the response?
  • What were the significant challenges with the response?
  • In which ways could the response have been improved?
  • During Week One, we discussed Fayol’s Five Functions of Management: (a) Planning, (b) organizing, (c) coordinating, (d)commanding, and (e) controlling. As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Adventist Health Feather River Hospital, how would you augment your healthcare facility’s disaster preparedness? Discuss which ways you would utilize Fayol’s Fourth Function of Management, commanding into enhancing your facilities’ disaster preparedness, response, and continuity of operations (COOP) plan.

Make certain that your assignment is in the APA 7th edition format with a cover page, separating your sections by the appropriate APA Level Headings. Also, make sure you include a reference page and at least five references.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAPER2:

Cyber attack on Universal Health Services, Inc., 2018

Ransomware is a type of malware from crypto virology that threatens to publish the victim’s data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system so that it is not difficult for a knowledgeable person to reverse, more advanced malware uses a technique called crypto viral extortion. It encrypts the victim’s files, making them inaccessible, and demands a ransom payment to decrypt. Ransomware attacks are typically carried out using a Trojan disguised as a legitimate file that the user is tricked into downloading or opening when it arrives as an email attachment. International law enforcement authorities during the height of the pandemic warned that hospitals and health-care facilities in multiple countries were being targeted in ransomware attacks.

Often a ransomware attack is the first phase of a multistage extortion attempt from cyber criminals. Criminals routinely demand millions of dollars to unlock the encrypted systems, and then follow that up by threatening to publish stolen data on the internet if they are not paid a second time.

On September 28, 2020, until October 7, 2020, Universal Health Services, which runs more than 400 healthcare facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom, has more than 90,000 employees and cares for about 3.5 million patients each year, had its IT network hit by a ransomware attack which left a number of its hospitals in the United States without access to computer and phone systems, including facilities in California, Florida, Texas, Arizona and Washington, D.C.

The ransomware attack managed to disable multiple antivirus programs in place on the targeted systems. Once the antivirus software was disabled, the malware caused the computers to log out and shut down, and if administrators attempted to reboot these systems, they simply shut down again. With their systems shut down, clinicians were unable to access vital information, including data found in their Electronic Health Record (EHR) or picture archiving and communication system (PACS) system.

Your assignment:

In a MEMO format, in 700-900 words, please discuss the following about the Universal Health Services (UHS) Ransomware attack of September, 2020:

What went well with the response? What were the significant challenges with the response? In which ways could the response have been improved?

During Week One, we discussed Fayol’s Five Functions of Management: (a) Planning, (b) organizing, (c) coordinating, (d) commanding, and (e) controlling.

As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at one of the (UHS) healthcare facilities in the United States or Territories (Universal Health Services, Locations; pick one), how would you augment your healthcare facility’s preparation and response to protect and mitigate against future cyberattacks? Discuss ways which you would use all five functions of Fayol’s Five Functions of Management, would influence the development of your plan.

Make certain that your assignment is in the APA 7th edition format with a cover page, separating your sections by the appropriate APA Level Headings. Also, make sure you include a reference page and at least five references.

 

PAPER3:

COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is a pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020. As of 14 December 2020, more than 72.5 million cases had been confirmed worldwide, with more than 1.61 million deaths attributed to COVID.As of December 14, 2020, the United States had more than 16, 000,000 positive COVID-19 cases with more than 300,000 deaths; these numbers are continuously updated; please see theSTAT COVID-19 Tracker for the most current statistics.

The pandemic has caused global social and economic disruption, including the largest global recession since the Great Depression. COVID-19 has led to the postponement or cancellation of events, widespread supply shortages exacerbated by panic buying, agricultural disruption, and food shortages, and decreased emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

Educational institutions have been partially or fully closed. Misinformation has circulated through social media and mass media. There have been incidents of xenophobia and discrimination against Chinese people and against those perceived as being Chinese or as being from areas with high infection rates.

The pandemic has affected the political systems of multiple countries, causing suspensions of legislative activities, isolations or deaths of multiple politicians, and rescheduling of elections due to fears of spreading the virus. Although they have broad support among epidemiologists, social distancing measures have been politically controversial in many countries. The pandemic has had many impacts on global health beyond those caused by COVID-19 disease.

It has led to a reduction in hospital visits for other reasons. In several countries, there has been a marked reduction in the spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, attributable to COVID-19 quarantines, social distancing measures, and recommendations to not engage in casual sex. Similarly, in some places, rates of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses significantly decreased during the pandemic. The pandemic has also negatively impacted mental health globally, including increased loneliness resulting from social distancing and depression and domestic violence from lockdowns.

The pandemic has resulted in misinformation and conspiracy theories about the scale of the pandemic and the origin, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease. Journalists have been arrested for allegedly spreading false information about the pandemic. It has also been propagated by celebrities, politicians, and other prominent public figures.

As of December 14, 2020, in the United States, (a) California, (b)Texas, (c)Florida, and (d)Illinois led the nation in positive COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Your assignment:

You are the CEO / COO of the Regional Hospital in one (choose one) of the above-mentioned states and in700-900 words, please discuss the following about the COVID-19 response as it pertains to the selected state your hospital is located:

-What went well with the response?

-What were the significant challenges with the response? In which ways could the response have been improved?

-During Week One, we discussed Fayol’s Five Functions of Management: (a) Planning, (b) organizing, (c) coordinating, (d) commanding, and (e)controlling. As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Regional Hospital, how would you augment your healthcare facility’s pandemic preparedness and response plan? Discuss which ways you would utilize Fayol’s Fifth Function of Management, controlling into enhancing your facilities’ pandemic preparedness and response plan.

Make certain that your assignment is in the APA 7th edition format with a cover page, separating your sections by the appropriate APA Level Headings. Also, make sure you include a reference page and at least five references

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