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Carr Named to Lead ECCC at HHS-ASPR

Dec 29, 2013

Brendan G. Carr, MD, MA, MS assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named as the director of the Emergency Care Coordination Center (ECCC) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ECCC was created in 2006 by the Pandemic & All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) to ensure that the country is prepared for public health emergencies, including those cause by bioterrorism, and to respond to them when local and state resources are overwhelmed by promoting research, regional partnerships, and effective emergency medical systems. The ECCC exists within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness & Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its mission is to lead federal efforts to create an emergency care system that is patient- and community-centered, integrated into the broader healthcare system, high quality, and prepared to respond in times of public health emergencies.