Chairman’s New Year’s Greeting

Chairman’s New Year’s Greeting

January 7, 2019

January 7, 2019 - 2018 was a year of milestones and accomplishments for Healthcare Ready. From hurricanes to wildfires and disease outbreaks, we truly answered to our mission by putting the needs of patients across the country at the forefront. We’ve been pleased to see Healthcare Ready positioned as a go-to source for helping patients impacted by disasters.

With many accomplishments under our belt, this year reaffirmed the critical need to protect patients – especially those most vulnerable to the outcomes after disasters. Some of our proudest moments from 2018 include responding directly to more than 300 patients from across the country; coordinating dozens of major deliveries of critical medical supplies to shelters and medical facilities; facilitating the donation of thousands of hygiene kits to affected communities and arranging multiple evacuations. For example, we are particularly proud of our role in coordinating the evacuation of over 150 acute dialysis patients and their caretakers during Hurricane Florence.

As we plan ahead for 2019, we hope to continue to improve our responsiveness and strengthen our partnerships across the public and private sectors.  As it has always been, our aim is to implement new ways to address threats to public health and patient wellbeing after disasters through patient protection, increased responsiveness and community resilience. With the ultimate goal of assisting healthcare and public health organizations build the capabilities they need to protect patients, we’re looking forward to the coming year.

Entering our 13th year, we’re thankful for our partners who have helped shape the organization and strengthen our work. We trust that our partners are as excited as we are, and we welcome your input and ideas as we move ahead.

We cannot wait to see what 2019 holds for Healthcare Ready.

Cheers to a new year!

Bruce Altevogt, PhD

Bruce Altevogt is a Vice President and Head External Medical Team within Pfizer Inc.'s Hospital Business Unit. In this role Dr. Altevogt is responsible for establishing and managing the business unit's scientific and medical stakeholder engagement strategy. In addition, the External Medical Team supports the industry leading AMR surveillance program, Atlas.

Prior to joining Pfizer Inc., Dr. Altevogt spent over 11 years as a senior program officer on the Board on Health Sciences Policy at the Institute of Medicine (IOM). While at the IOM, he worked on policy issues related to basic and translational research, drug discovery and development, and preparedness for catastrophic events. He oversaw the publication of over 50 IOM reports and directed multiple IOM studies. In his capacity at the IOM he served as director of the Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events and the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders Forum.

Dr. Altevogt received his doctorate from Harvard University’s Program in Neuroscience. Following more than 10 years of research, Dr. Altevogt joined The National Academies as a science and technology policy fellow with the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he majored in Biology and minored in South Asian Studies. He is a published author of multiple scientific articles.