Climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events and natural disasters and it is fueling population health issues and diseases. In turn, we must rethink our assumptions for infrastructure capabilities, redundancies, and disaster preparedness and response in how we design and operate healthcare facilities. Health care organizations also play a key role in community resilience. As anchor institutions, we must help elevate resiliency at a municipal and state level and do our part to support the planning and building of key resiliency and emergency management infrastructure. We must also push our communities to take on a more forward looking outlook on climate impacts, rising sea levels and flood and extreme event risk in regional public policy.
So, why does resilience matter to hospitals and why should health care take this leadership position?