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Journal of Healthcare Engineering - Volume 6 2015, Issue 1, Pages 85-120

Research Article

Energy, Nonproliferation, and High Consequence Security Division, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, USA

School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center, U. S. Veterans Administration, North Hills, CA, USA

Received 1 May 2014; Accepted 1 November 2014

Copyright © 2015 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Resilience in hospitals - their ability to withstand, adapt to, and rapidly recover from disruptive events - is vital to their role as part of national critical infrastructure. This paper presents a model to provide planning guidance to decision makers about how to make hospitals more resilient against possible disruption scenarios. This model represents a hospital’s adaptive capacities that are leveraged to care for patients during loss of infrastructure services power, water, etc

The model is an optimization that reallocates and substitutes resources to keep patients in a high care state or allocates resources to allow evacuation if necessary. An illustrative example demonstrates how the model might be used in practice.

Autor: Eric D. Vugrin, Stephen J. Verzi, Patrick D. Finley, Mark A. Turnquist, Anne R. Griffin, Karen A. Ricci, and Tamar Wyte-Lake



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