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The Northeast All Hazards Region is home to approximately 703,808 people and comprises the following counties in Colorado: Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma.


This 22,337 square mile area spans 11 different counties that carry frontier, rural and urban designations. County populations range from just over 2,000 to almost 331,000. The region also offers a diverse geography ranging from mountainous peaks to agriculture-rich high plains. 


These differences present unique and significant challenges in regard to capabilities and capacity in planning for and responding to healthcare incidents across the region.

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Meet the Steering Committee


The NERHCC Governance Board was established to provide guidance and strategic direction to the coalition. It was established by electing two primary (one urban and one rural) representatives from each NERHCC core membership discipline: hospitals, public health, emergency medical services and emergency management.


Current board members:

Rural Emergency Medical Services Representative

Steve Rydquist-Chair

City of Wray EMS Director

Urban Hospital Representative

Dustin Handley- Co-Chair

UCHealth Emergency Preparedness Program Manager

Urban Public Health Representative

Matt Bauer

Northeast Region Regional Epidemiology

Rural Public Health Representative

Darcy Janssen

Northeast Region Emergency Preparedness and Response Staff

Urban Emergency Management Representative

Jerry Casebolt 

Logan County Emergency Manager

Rural Emergency Management Representative

Bryant McCall

Washington County Emergency Manager

Rural Hospital Representative

Erin Witte - Chair and Clinical Adviser

Wray Community Hospital

Urban Emergency Medical Services Representative

Shannon Wicker

UCHealth EMS

What does a Healthcare Coalition do?

Hospital Preparedness Program:

HPP supports regional collaboration and health care preparedness and response by encouraging the development and sustainment of health care coalitions (HCC). These coalitions incentivize often competitive health care organizations with differing priorities and objectives to work together to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all types of threats and emergencies. HPP funding also supports trainings and exercises that prepare HCC members to handle real emergencies.
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