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Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
Get Ready, Stay Ready

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September 22 – 24, 2014
Sacramento, CA

Overview

Effective disaster planning is more than just planning and exercising. Staff turnover, emerging threats and lessons learned make readiness a continuous process.

Gain new insights, explore innovative tools and techniques, and share best practices among peers. Attend the Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference — the largest gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California. The conference unites clinicians, physicians, emergency preparedness coordinators, facilities managers, security officers and government officials who collaborate to ensure continuity of care when faced with an emergency. Collectively, we are a formidable team.

Join us as we get ready, stay ready!

Conference highlights include:

  • NEW! Hospital responses to Ebola and the Napa 6.0 Earthquake
  • Without Water — Managing through a crisis
  • The FedEx bus accident
  • Pre-conference workshop on violent threats in health care and promoting a culture of safety
  • Update on CMS emergency preparedness regulations — understanding the proposed rule
  • Special considerations for pediatric, OB, NICU and other populations in disaster scenarios
  • Business continuity for hospitals
  • Family readiness
  • Understanding and applying the HICS Revision Project changes
  • 20 different breakout sessions
  • Best Practices Poster Showcase
  • Exhibit show featuring over 60 vendors
  • And more!

Conference Meeting Location: Sacramento Convention Center
The conference and the exhibit show will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, located just across the street from the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The pre-conference workshop on Monday, September 22, will be held at the Hyatt Regency.


With special thanks to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Hospital Preparedness Program and the California Department of Public Health. 

Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, September 22

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Pre-Conference Workshop
Violent Threats in Health Care: Readiness and Resilience for When the Unthinkable Happens

Few threats are as difficult to predict — and prevent — as the eruption of violence.  Hospitals are faced with planning for and combating a variety of violent threats in a 24/7 operational environment.

This important workshop addresses key components of preparedness and response to violent threats and events in the hospital. Speakers include an executive from the Nevada hospital that was the site of a recent shooting and a nurse held hostage at a Utah hospital. Focus will be on exercise planning, contemporary challenges in preparing the facility for response, and the behavioral health considerations in both planning and recovery. Attendees will learn ways to improve the culture of safety across the organization, including:

  • Increasing situational awareness among facility staff to the armed or violent intruder;
  • Establishing training plans based on best practices focused on empowering staff to more effectively respond to threats of violence and thereby minimizing potential harm;
  • Coordinating and communicating with public safety officials and the media;
  • Understanding the challenges of coordinating Incident Command and continuity of hospital operations; and
  • Developing resources and community partnerships to respond to post-event trauma.

Important Note: Workshop participants should be aware that this program will address situations that may be disturbing or uncomfortable to some individuals.

Workshop Faculty

Michael J. Munda, JD, M.Ed, CPHRM, CJCP
Director, Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance
Renown Health, Nevada

Patty Skoglund, RN
Senior Director, Emergency Management, Business Continuity
Scripps Health

Eric Lovell, MD
Chair, Emergency Department
Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas

Susan B. Woolley, RNC, BSN, MPH, Utah

Workshop Facilitators

Lisa S. Angell, RN, BSN, MICN
Paramedic/Pediatric Liaison Nurse, SN IV ED
Watsonville Community Hospital  

Caryn Thornburg, LVN, BAIS, MS
Safety, Emergency Management and Sustainability Officer
ValleyCare Health System

Tuesday Agenda

Tuesday, September 23

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits and Best Practices Showcase

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Opening Keynotes

Without Water: Managing Through a Crisis 
Lillian D. Morris, RN, MS, CHSP, Chief Safety Officer, Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia
If your water service was disrupted for hours — or days — how would you access and transport water to support medical services throughout your site? After a toxic chemical spill contaminated the water supply, the Charleston Area Medical Center faced this question head on. Discover how one facility successfully managed a six-day interruption in its water supply and take away lessons for improving your own plans for a water crisis.

Insight from Cal OES
Christina Curry, Deputy Director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is a key partner to hospitals in safety and preparedness. Learn about the vision and goals for Cal OES related to emergency preparedness and response, key initiatives such as the Earthquake Early Warning System and public-private partnerships.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Best Practices Showcase

10:45 – Noon | General Session

Ebola — Hospital Response, Precautions and Communications
David Witt, MD, Infectious Disease Physician,  Skip Skivington, Vice President, Operations, and Kristina Spurgeon, Emergency Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente 
The growing concern over the Ebola virus has hospitals and the public on high alert. Representatives from Kaiser Permanente will share their experience managing a patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. Topics will include: patient management protocol; specimen collection and handling by government officials; the appropriate level of personal protection for staff; and the vital importance of communication — internally and externally — in managing fear and heightened media attention. Learn what to expect if a potential Ebola patient arrives at your hospital.

Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

1:20 – 2:20 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(choose one) 

Hospital Response to the Napa Earthquake and the Role of OSHPD
Lois C. Husted, RN, BSN, Base/Emergency Management Coordinator, and Richard Miralles, MSN, MHA, RN, CNOR, RNFA, Director, Perioperative and Emergency Care Services, Queen of the Valley Medical Center; and Chris Tokas, SE, F. SEOC, Deputy Division Chief of Northern California Operations, Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Staff from the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa will share the story of their response to the recent 6.0 magnitude earthquake which included triaging and treating approximately 200 patients with earthquake-related injuries. This session will also address OSHPD’s role in responding to the earthquake which includes sending response teams to evaluate the safety of the hospitals and assessing and tagging affected hospital buildings.

Lights Out — Immersive NICU Disaster Simulation During a Power Outage 
Karen Greeley, RN, NICU Nursing/Physician Disaster Coordinator, Adam Czynski, DO, NICU Attending, Theresa Doran, RN, PICU Transport Team and Disaster Coordinator, and Teri D. Reynolds, RN, MSN, MHA, CEN, Educator Specialist, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
This session will move participants beyond knowledge to practical application of skills. Using scenarios, participants will assess the emergency environment and lighting options, monitor infant and pediatric clinical status, use Neonatal Resuscitation Program-required equipment, triage, identify needed supplies, and assign roles and responsibilities to ensure continuity of care for the neonate and pediatric critical care patient during a power outage. Patient tracking, identification and movement in the event of an evacuation will be discussed. Get ready to be fully immersed in this active simulation!

From System Office to Local Provider: Business Continuity Across a National Health System 
Angela Devlen, Managing Partner, Wakefield Brunswick
How do you go about developing and implementing a business continuity program for a large, 101 acute-care hospital system that reflects the unique local needs of individual hospitals? Learn how Ascension Health conducted interviews to gather information, navigated competing priorities, and leveraged and tailored system resources to meet local needs. Also hear how the plan integrates with emergency management and the health ministry programs.

Updating Your Emergency Operations Plan: Bringing the Revised HICS into Your Facility
Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Preparedness Program Manager, Orange County Health Care Agency; and Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center
Two members of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) national workgroup will present the HICS Revision Project changes and the guiding principles behind the updates. Information on how to transition from HICS IV will smooth the process of implementation and make HICS work for you. Participants will learn about changes to the positions, forms, Job Action Sheets, and Incidence Response Guides, as well as planning under the new IAP QuickStart format.

2:40 – 3:40 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(choose one) 

How to Train OB Units for Disaster 
Kay Daniels, MD, Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Naola Austin, MD, Obstetric Anesthesia Fellow, Department of Anesthesia, and Gill Hilton, MBChB, MRCS, FCARCSI, FRCA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine
Does your hospital have an OB unit? Are you ready to care for this unique patient population in the event of a disaster? OB units have a large variety of patient acuity with particular needs. This workshop will discuss an obstetric-specific rapid triage system called OB TRAIN, followed by a detailed description of how to initiate disaster training on labor and delivery. Learn the next steps needed to be able to create a comprehensive obstetric disaster plan at the hospital, local community, statewide and national level.

Beyond the Mandate — Hospital Business Continuity Post-Earthquake 
Glen Granholm, Director, Seismic Services Programs, ETC Building and Design
This eye-opening presentation will help facilities bridge the gap between the state-mandated retrofit work and real-life conditions once the ground stops shaking. The interactive session will begin with a brief overview of earthquake readiness mandates and critical care requirements. Then, hospital vulnerabilities, illustrated by examples from Northridge and Loma Prieta, and case studies will clarify distinctions between “code” versus “continuity.” Success stories — engineered methods of preparedness to embrace the disaster — and best practices will empower attendees to approach their planning in a completely new way.

Enhancing Hospital HazMat Training 
Kristina Freas, MS, BSN, EMT-P, CEM, Director, Emergency Management, Dignity Health; and William Wennhold, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Mark Twain Medical Center
Hospital HazMat awareness and operations training focusing on spill response and patient decontamination are required. Do your approaches meet the needs of your rapidly changing, diverse workforce? To enhance effectiveness and reach a wider audience, Dignity Health created interactive online platforms and condensed classroom curriculum. The result: an engaging eight-hour course followed by employee participation in a decontamination drill. Get an insider’s look at the steps they took to revamp and improve their HazMat training. 

Partnering with the Medical Reserve Corps to Enhance Surge Capacity
Steve Chambers, M.Sc., Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator, Tulare County Department of Public Health, Emergency Preparedness Program; and Jeff Surowiec, Manager, Environment of Care, Safety and Security, Sierra View District Hospital
Developing a relationship with the Medical Reserve Corps in your area can lead to greater surge capacity when you need it most. Joint planning and exercising can also be enhanced by fostering a relationship with your local MRC. The process of developing an agreement and a summary of recent training activities and joint exercises will be discussed. Sample agreement and training plans will be provided.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions 
(choose one) 

Meeting the Psychological Needs of Children in Emergencies: The National Children’s Disaster Mental Health CONOPS 
Merritt Schreiber, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Psychological Programs, Center for Disaster Medical Sciences, Jessa Baker, Medical Student, and Roshan Burns, Medical Student, UC Irvine School of Medicine
Children are particularly vulnerable to developing chronic mental health disorders in the aftermath of a disaster. Often their needs remain undetected until they are fully symptomatic and impaired at home or school. This presentation aims to reverse the trajectory of risk by highlighting the role of hospitals in identifying high-risk pediatric patients, administering basic psychological first aid, and linking children to long-term mental health care resources. An interactive exercise will take place. Attendees will be prepared to reduce the risk of patients developing mental health issues. 

The Road to Resiliency — Business Continuity for Inpatient Units 
Petra Fritz, RN, Accreditation Coordinator/Inpatient Nursing Emergency Preparedness, University of California – Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Business Continuity Plans are critical to enhancing the resilience of every organization. Should the hospital or health care organization develop one umbrella plan that fits all inpatient areas, or should unit-specific BCPs be developed? This presentation will describe one example of a successful implementation of an inpatient, unit-specific BCP initiative for eight ICUs and eighteen medical/surgical units. Attendees will learn the benefits, necessary steps and potential barriers to tailoring BCPs for distinct inpatient units. 

Fifteen Minutes to 50 Patients — Rapid Response to Mass Casualty Incidents
Christopher Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC, Disaster Preparedness and Project Coordinator, and Brad Baldridge, MD, Emergency Department Physician, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance
Failure is not an option. Mass casualty incidents must be managed swiftly and efficiently — lives are at stake. “Fifteen Minutes to 50 Patients” is a “plug and play” rapid deployment response model developed by Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and utilized by three Southern California facilities. The program is designed to ensure that hospital personnel know their roles and responsibilities in response to MCIs. This innovative model can be adapted to fit the needs of any hospital.

What You Need to Know About Emergency Declarations
Peter A. Baldridge, Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Legal Services, California Department of Public Health
The normal rules governing business and individual behavior in California do not go away when disaster strikes. In order for the rules to change, an emergency must be declared, and further steps may need to be taken to remove legal obstacles to emergency response operations. This presentation will discuss the various types of emergency declarations, the circumstances under which each may be proclaimed, the effects of the declaration itself, and the subsequent orders that may be necessary to mitigate the effects of the emergency. This will include a discussion of the immunities from liability that arise when emergency proclamations are made. It will also include a brief discussion of federal disaster declarations that may allow the deployment of federal resources for emergency response and recovery, and of the concept of martial law. 

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. | Exhibit Show Reception and Best Practices Showcase
Mingle with colleagues, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, and learn about useful products and services that can help you with disaster preparedness and response.

Wednesday Agenda

Wednesday, September 24

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. | Exhibit Show, Best Practices Showcase and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. | General Session

Nashville Under Water
Pamela K. Hoffner, RN, MSN, CHEP, Director, Department of Emergency Preparedness, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and Rachel Majors, MBA, HA, EMT-IV, Program Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Metro Public Health Department, Nashville, Tennessee 
On May 2, 2010, the city of Nashville, Tennessee received nearly two feet of rain in 24 hours. This session will describe how medical centers responded to and recovered from this devastating, 1,000-year flood, including a discussion of the resources and facilities most impacted by flooding, and methods to support staff and speed recovery. Participants will learn about opportunities for hospitals to promote resilience in their communities — before, during and after a natural disaster.

9:45 – 10:20 a.m. | Exhibit Show and Grand Prize Drawing

10:30 a.m. – Noon | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(choose one)

Getting to Yes! Leveraging Sustainable Pediatric/Neonatal Capability Under All Conditions
Cynthia Frankel, RN, MN, Co-Chair, California Neonatal Pediatric Disaster Coalition, Alameda County Emergency Medical Services; Patricia Frost, RN, MS, PNP-BC, Director, Emergency Medical Services, Contra Costa County Health Services; Suzy Fitzgerald, MD, Emergency Physician, Kaiser Permanente; Karen Greeley, RN, NICU Nursing/Physician Disaster Coordinator, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital; and Ana-Marie Jones, Executive Director, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters
Leaders from the California Neonatal and Pediatric Disaster Coalition will highlight lessons learned from recent events, new resources and key strategies supporting pediatric disaster preparedness throughout the state. Join the conversation and learn how to create local and grassroots neonatal/pediatric coalition partners, and adapt programs to your community. Get the most recent updates on efforts to build a statewide Concept of Operations. You are sure to leave this highly engaging session energized to incorporate children into your disaster planning.

Continuity of Care for Dialysis and Home Health Patients 
Mitch Saruwatari, Director, Business Continuity Management, Elena Ceja, Senior Emergency Management Consultant, and Philip Lo, Business Continuity Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
This presentation will address continuity of care issues for both dialysis and home health patients. When services are disrupted, can you quickly identify and safely care for these special needs patients? How will you identify patients needing evacuation and where will you transport them when treatments are interrupted? This session will examine how emergency response and business continuity programs can work together in planning for these special needs groups.  Case studies, such as the Colby Wildfire will be provided to demonstrate the value of joint planning. Presenters will also look at strategies to improve readiness for patients and clinicians in responding to disruptions of water or power that put dialysis care at risk.

Are You Ready to Utilize Disaster Healthcare Volunteers? 
Sandra Stark Shields, LMFT, CTS, Disaster Program Manager, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Emergency Medical Services Agency; Christopher Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC, Disaster Preparedness and Project Coordinator, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance; and Terry Stone, RN, MS, CPHQ, EMS, Emergency Preparedness Manager, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
Additional help can be a vital asset in a disaster; however, appropriate use of volunteers can pose unique challenges for the clinical setting. During this table-top discussion, participants will use the Los Angeles County Disaster Healthcare Volunteer Exercise Guidebook and volunteer application template to practice procedures to request and deploy pre-registered volunteer health professionals in a disaster scenario. Participants will learn about the best practices gleaned from a three-year exercise and training program involving both hospitals and clinics in Los Angeles County, and will receive an editable copy of the exercise guidebook that can be used to further planning for the utilization of pre-registered Disaster Healthcare Volunteers.

Preparedness Gets Personal: Family Readiness and Survival 
Steven Chin, MD, FACEP, Disaster Medical Director, PIH Health Hospital – Whittier
How can we protect our families and loved ones during a disaster? Personal and family readiness is an often overlooked cornerstone of institutional disaster preparedness training. In this session, participants will learn the “Survival Rule of Threes” — wilderness survival skills that can be applied to urban settings — and how to improvise, adapt and overcome adversity during a disaster. Dr. Chin draws from more than 20 years of international rescue and disaster response experience. Attend and help your family stay ready!

Noon – 1:15 p.m. | Hosted Lunch 

Update on CMS Proposed Rule to the Medicare Conditions of Participation for Emergency Preparedness 
Lisa Parker, Director, Division of Institutional Quality Standards, Clinical Standards Group, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Lisa Parker, a senior official with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will explain the proposed changes to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for Emergency Preparedness impacting Medicare providers. The session will include a review of the proposed rule released by CMS in December 2013 and discussion of the comments received by CMS.  Attendees will learn more about CMS proposed changes to the CoPs and their impacts for hospitals and other providers.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(choose one)

Getting Out! Perinatal and County-Wide Evacuation Strategies
Sharon Carlson, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Sharp HealthCare; Kathy Koblick, Program Manager, Public Health Preparedness, Marin County Department of Health and Human Services; Miles Julihn, EMS Administrator, Marin County Emergency Medical Services Agency; Bridget Pearce, RN, HEM, BSN, Director, Operations/Facility Management/Safety Officer, Novato Community Hospital; and Michael DeCapua, Public Safety Consultant, Public Safety Consultants Northwest, LLC 
Regional coordination among all facilities is key to effective evacuation planning. Learn the process that was used to develop a county-wide perinatal evacuation plan for San Diego that includes the use of tools such as TRAIN, a tool specifically developed to identify appropriate transportation needs of the NICU patient. In addition, hear how the Marin County Healthcare Preparedness Program approached coordinated facility evacuation planning among local coalition members. Participants will gain insights on the process of conducting hazard vulnerability assessments, using HICS and Unified Command, improving communication and transferring vulnerable populations in an emergency. 

Continuity Planning for Stand-Alone and Rural Hospitals 
Terry Stone, RN, MS, CPHQ, EMS, Emergency Preparedness Manager, Annika Nowlin, Director, Quality and Risk Management, and Jill French, CCNA, HIT Pro TR, Technical IT Director, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital; Angela Devlen, Managing Partner, Wakefield Brunswick; and Richard Prestidge, Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Colorado Hospital Association
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital initiated a business continuity pilot based on concepts introduced at regional workshops. Hear how they took that information and developed plans for eight departments at this stand-alone hospital. Tools and templates participants can adopt will be shared. A second case example takes a look at how rural hospitals and long-term care facilities in Colorado worked together on a business continuity plan following the 2013 wildfires. A demonstration of an e-learning platform for training will be showcased. Stay ready with the combination of skills learned from this business continuity double feature!

Large Sporting Events Present Opportunities to Drill 
Kathy Dollarhide, RN, BSN, CEN, CEM, Director, Disaster Resource Center, St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach; Aaron Rubin, MD, Regional Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness, Kaiser Permanente; and Brenda Brennan, MS, RN, CEN, CNS, Vice Commander, San Bernardino Sheriff Medical Reserve Corp, Washington Hospital
Zoom! Take your drills to a new level by timing hospital-based disaster drills around sporting events. In this two-pronged presentation, attendees will learn about a multi-agency HazMat drill held prior to the Long Beach Grand Prix and the other ways that large, public sporting events can serve as opportunities to test logistics, communications and patient care surges. Lessons are taken from the Boston Marathon bombing, the Tokyo Sarin gas attack and the 1972 Olympics.

From Chaos to Coordination: The EMS Patient Movement Strategy for the Asiana Plane Crash 
Kevin Rose, Interim Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), San Mateo County EMS Agency
The San Mateo County EMS Agency will offer new insights on patient movement and tracking of the victims of the Asiana Airlines crash at SFO. Critical communication elements and obstacles in triage, transport, tracking and identification of victims by EMS and the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) will be discussed with a focus on patient movement. Takeaways will include suggestions for tracking incoming patients at hospitals, strategies for situational awareness, and how hospitals can utilize EMS and MHOAC to assist in managing multiple agencies transporting patients to the ED.

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. | Closing Session

Mass Casualty in a Rural Town: The FedEx Bus Accident
Traci Torres, EMT-B, Emergency Management Coordinator, Glenn Medical Center; Amy Travis, Hospital Preparedness Program Coordinator, Glenn County; and Stacy Vincent, RN, CEM, MICN,  Nurse Manager, Emergency Department, Enloe Medical Center
Rural northern Glenn County was recently the site of a tragic mass casualty event involving a FedEx truck and a bus with 43 prospective college students from southern California. Hear how Glenn Medical Center and the surrounding hospitals and responders managed the challenges of this nationally televised accident that left ten people dead and numerous others injured. Topics include family reunification, mitigating the overwhelming media response, coordinating communication among multiple agencies across jurisdictions, triaging and transporting patients to five counties, and crisis counseling.

Speakers

Lisa S. Angell, RN, BSN, MICN
Paramedic/Pediatric Liaison Nurse, SN IV ED
Watsonville Community Hospital 

Lisa Angell has been a registered nurse for 35 years and has spent most of her professional career in the ER. In 1989, she was planning a disaster drill at Watsonville Community Hospital when the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred — an event that propelled her into the realm of disaster preparedness. She has worked with the California Hospital Association as a Hospital Preparedness Coordinator serving the San Francisco and Bay Coastal area and was a member of the Secondary Workgroup for the HICS IV Revision project. Previously, Lisa was a member of the HEICS III revision task force, the HICS IV Secondary Workgroup and the CDPH Surge Capacity project. Lisa has also served in the Air Force Reserves as a Flight Nurse and was deployed in support of Desert Storm. Lisa is one of the two course developers and instructors for CHA’s Active Shooter and HICS trainings.

Naola Austin, MD 
Obstetric Anesthesia Fellow, Department of Anesthesia 
Stanford University School of Medicine

Naola S. Austin, MD received her medical degree at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. After completing residency training in Anesthesiology at the University of Washington, she went on to fellowship in Obstetric Anesthesia followed by a dual appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Medical Simulation and Clinical Instructor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University Medical Center. Ms. Austin has published basic science articles on synapse biology, clinical reviews on cervical spine injury in trauma and burns, and has received multiple honors including U.S.-E.U. Exchange Scholar Rogers’ Colloquium Speaker, Resident of the Year, and Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Scholar. She continues to be an active member of the OB SIM team at Stanford, including their efforts to improve disaster planning for hospitals.

Jessa Baker
Medical Student
UC Irvine School of Medicine

Jessa Baker is currently a second year medical student at UC Irvine, School of Medicine. She has been working on mental health and disaster medicine research with Dr. Merritt Schreiber throughout the past academic year. Additional research includes feasibility of ultrasound education in developing countries, and application of technology to promote resident education within Emergency Medicine. She has a strong interest in Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine.

Brad Baldridge, MD
Emergency Department Physician
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance

Dr. E. Bradford Baldridge is a physician in the emergency department at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, where he serves on the hospital’s disaster committee. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Baldridge received his medical degree from the Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine. Dr. Baldridge completed an emergency medicine internship and residency at Los Angeles County – Harbor – UCLA Medical Center.

Peter A. Baldridge
Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Legal Services
California Department of Public Health

Peter A. Baldridge is an assistant chief counsel with the Office of Legal Services of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). He was a co-author of the Health Officer’s Practice Guide for Communicable Disease Control, and was a principal contributor to the Foundational Knowledge binder of the CDPH Healthcare Surge Project. Mr. Baldridge is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN and is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law.

Brenda Brennan MS, RN, CEN, CNS
Vice Commander, San Bernardino Sheriff Medical Reserve Corp
Washington Hospital

Brenda Brennan is vice commander for the San Bernardino County Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) and one of its founding members. She has actively participated/coordinated MRC deployments for mass evacuation shelters, mass vaccination clinics, and large events support. In addition to serving as vice commander she has held positions as the training officer and logistics officer. She has served on the national MRC committee for federal deployment. Ms. Brennan also works as an emergency clinical nurse specialist for Washington Hospital. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience primarily in the emergency department and is active in emergency preparedness planning and response.

Roshan Burns
Medical Student
UC Irvine School of Medicine

Roshan Burns is a second year medical student at UC Irvine, School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she worked on research in the field of psychiatry. This work included improving assessments for diagnosing and treating PTSD in both veterans and civilians, as well as examining cognitive and emotional predictors for schizophrenia development in children and adolescents. Thus, many of her research and career interests stem from prevention or early detection of mental health disorders. This has led to her current involvement with PsySTART and work with Dr. Merritt Schreiber.

Sharon L. Carlson, RN
Director, Emergency Preparedness
Sharp HealthCare

Sharon Carlson has worked in the emergency preparedness field for 14 years. She is currently responsible for the emergency preparedness program for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego.  Sharon is a member of the California Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Work Group, the San Diego HealthCare Disaster Council and the San Diego Civilian/Military Liaison Emergency Planning Group. Sharon serves as the incident commander or liaison officer for the Sharp HealthCare Corporate Command Center in San Diego.

Elena Ceja
Senior Emergency Management Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Elena Ceja has worked for Kaiser Permanente for ten years.  In her current role, Elena serves as the senior emergency management consultant working in the Southern California region which includes areas as far north as Kern County and as far south as San Diego.  In her previous role with Kaiser, she was the Environmental Health and Safety Manager and Safety Officer for the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, the largest Kaiser Permanente facility in Southern California. Elena has served as a member of the Hospital Association of Southern California Safety and Security Committee and is a member of the CHA Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference committee.

Steve Chambers, M.Sc.
Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator
Tulare County Department of Public Health, Emergency Preparedness Program

Steve Chambers is the coordinator for three Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units in Tulare County: Tulare MRC, Porterville MRC and Visalia MRC. He has over 23 years of service in public health, mostly in emergency preparedness. He retired from Kern County Public Health in 2011 and has been with Tulare County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program since then. He also has 10 years of experience in the hospital industry as a management, marketing and contracts consultant to over 70 hospitals in California. He has worked for three hospitals and was a hospital administrator.

Steven Chin, MD, FACEP
Disaster Medical Director
PIH Health Hospital – Whittier

Dr. Steven Chin is a residency-trained, board-certified emergency physician. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honor from Caltech and earned his Doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and has since been an attending emergency physician at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, California where he serves as the medical staff disaster chairman and the decontamination team medical director. Previously, he served as the paramedic base hospital medical director for fifteen years. Dr. Chin is a medical team manager for FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Force based with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, CA TF-2, and a flight physician for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Air Rescue 5. Dr. Chin’s disaster deployments include the Oklahoma City Bombing, Atlanta Olympics, South-East Asia Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti, New Zealand and Japan Earthquakes. Dr. Chin teaches Los Angeles County’s Hospital Disaster Management Training course and is one of the authors of the County’s Multi-Agency Radiologic Response Plan.  He is also a FEMA Lead Instructor for the USAR Medical Team Training and a frequent community disaster preparedness lecturer.

Christina Curry
Deputy Director
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Christina Curry serves as deputy director for planning, protection and preparedness with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Ms. Curry’s areas of oversight include state-level planning and preparedness programs for all hazards, including but not limited to the State of California Emergency Plan, Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance, Homeland Security and Radiological/Nuclear preparedness, and the Cal OES Earthquake and Tsunami program. She also oversees the Critical Infrastructure Protection and Hazard Mitigation Planning programs at Cal OES, as well as the Agency’s public/private initiatives. Tina has over 19 years of experience in the area of emergency management.

Adam Czynski, DO
NICU Attending
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Dr. Czynski is a neonatologist at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital where he is in charge of disaster preparedness for the NICU and has been involved in further developing NICU-based disaster policies. Dr. Czynski is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical School. His research interests are in system analysis to improve disaster response and planning and team development through simulation. He obtained his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, pediatric training at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, and his neonatal fellowship at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital. He sits on the graduate medical education committee for the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and is a content specialist for the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics.

Kay Daniels, MD
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Stanford University School of Medicine, and
Co-Director of Disaster Planning
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Dr. Daniels is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University School of medicine. She also serves as co-director of the OB simulation program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford Medical Center and co-director of the OB disaster planning committee. She is the past chair of the American college of Obstetrics and Gynecology national simulation consortium and past chair of the OB safety committee at Lucile Packard Hospital.

Michael DeCapua
Public Safety Consultant
Public Safety Consultants Northwest, LLC

Chief (ret.) Michael De Capua has over 40 years of service in fire, law enforcement, emergency management and military counter-terrorism/special operations.  He has extensive emergency management, counter-terrorism/ WMD, and public safety operations experience including positions as U.S. Department of Justice WMD Curriculum Director – Nevada Test Site, Air Force Security Police Counter-Terrorism Instructor and Fire HazMat Incident Commander and Safety Officer. Mr. DeCapua’s formal education includes graduation from the FBI National Academy and a master’s degree in Administration of Justice. He is the founder of Public Safety Consultants Northwest, LLC, a Washington State-based international emergency management small business with over 900 clients.

Angela Devlen
Managing Partner
Wakefield Brunswick

Angela Devlen is the Managing Partner of Wakefield Brunswick and an advisor to healthcare organizations around the U.S.  She has over 20 years of international experience in health care, operations, and disaster management with several years leading emergency management and business continuity in large health care systems. More recently she has supported response and recovery initiatives following Hurricane Sandy and coordinates various projects in Costa Rica, Nepal, India and Haiti.  Angela is a regularly invited speaker nationally and her work has been published in various industry magazines, books and peer-reviewed journals.  Angela is also a certified Master Business Continuity Planner (MBCP) by the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII).

Kathy Dollarhide RN, BSN, CEN, CEM
Director, Disaster Resource Center
St. Mary Medical Center Long Beach

Kathy Dollarhide has worked as a disaster coordinator and emergency room nurse her entire career. In her current position as the director of disaster resource center at St. Mary Medical Center, she coordinates trainings and education in disaster management for all eight Long Beach area hospitals from Catalina Island to Downey. Ms. Dollarhide is a certified HazMat Instructor. Kathy has been a civilian training officer for the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute for the Department of Defense at Fort Sam Houston and has instructed troops in pre-deployment courses on trauma. Kathy has been a training officer for the FEMA “Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents” course at Noble Training Center. She has been an instructor for the EMT programs at CSU Long Beach and Long Beach City College. Kathy also lectures at the CERT Team for Long Beach Fire Department and Medical Reserve Corps for the City of Long Beach. Kathy is faculty at the CME Department for the St. Mary Medical Center Residency Program.

Theresa Doran, RN
PICU Transport Team and Disaster Coordinator
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Theresa is a pediatric critical care transport coordinator for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. She is has been a part of the transport team for 15 years. Theresa also has taken on the role of PICU Disaster Coordinator for the last five years. She has assisted in developing the pediatric surge and evacuation plans for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

Suzy Fitzgerald, MD
Emergency Physician
Kaiser Permanente
Suzy Fitzgerald is an emergency physician for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California.  She graduated from UCSF in 2000 and completed her emergency medicine residency at Alameda County Medical Center-Highland Hospital in 2004.  She currently works in the Kaiser Walnut Creek and Antioch emergency departments, and is the Diablo Service Area Physician Lead for Emergency Management.  She also works at the regional level with Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) as the Pediatric Surge Planning Chair for the KPNC Emergency Management Committee and as the KPNC Regional Emergency Management Drill and Training Director. Dr. Fitzgerald is also involved in international and disaster medicine.  She led a medical team to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 for Relief International, and has also deployed with Doctors Without Borders to Sri Lanka post-civil war in 2009, and to pre-earthquake Haiti in 2007. She is also a member of the Bay Area federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT CA-6) and has served as one of their assistant Team Medical Directors.  In 2012, she deployed with DMAT to the NATO Summit in Chicago and Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast.

Cynthia Frankel, RN, MN
Co-Chair, California Neonatal Pediatric Disaster Coalition
Alameda County Emergency Medical Services

For the past 23 years, Cynthia Frankel has worked for Alameda County Emergency Medical Services as the pediatric disaster, Emergency Medical Services for Children and Hospital Preparedness Program Emergency Medical Services Authority coordinator. Ms. Frankel was the president of Global Vision Consortium, a Strategic Emergency Management firm in northern California which provides disaster planning resiliency solutions and training to state/local governments, hospitals, clinics, schools, Port Authorities and community-based organizations. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she was deployed with the Special Needs Assessment for Katrina Evacuees (SNAKE) Team.  Cynthia has a bachelor of science in Nursing and master’s degree in Nursing from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle Washington with a specialization in emergency management.

Kristina Freas, MS, BSN, EMT-P, CEM
Director, Emergency Management
Dignity Health

With over 25 years of pre-hospital and hospital experience, Kristina Freas is the director of emergency management for Dignity Health. Kristina has been responsible for hospital disaster planning for the past 12 years, with the last four years in her current position.  Kristina has a Master’s in Public Safety, specializing in Emergency Management with a focus in Homeland Security, and she is also a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and member of the Epsilon Pi Phi Emergency Management Honor society.

Jill French, CCNA, HIT Pro TR
Technical IT Director
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Jill French has over 20 years of experience in the health care field in both clinical and technical positions. Current successes as the technical IT director at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital have been leading the IT DR/BC Program, New Tier 3 Data Center. Jill has completed a Federal HIT certification.

Petra Fritz, RN
Accreditation Coordinator/Inpatient Nursing Emergency Preparedness
University of California – Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Petra Fritz is the emergency preparedness coordinator for the nursing department at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital. Petra developed downtime policies that are used at all UCLA hospital facilities. Petra is based at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center where she develops emergency preparedness inpatient nursing drills, including evacuation and downtime. She is CERT certified and an active member of the decontamination team at UCLA. Apart from emergency preparedness, Petra is the Ronald Reagan Nursing House Supervisor, and has over 25 years of clinical expertise in neuro-trauma critical care. Petra received her nursing degree in Germany.

Patricia Frost, RN, MS, PNP
Director, Emergency Medical Services
Contra Costa County Health Services

Patricia Frost is the director of Emergency Medical Services for Contra Costa County. She is founder and co-chair of the California Coalition for Neonatal/Pediatric Disaster Preparedness to support local disaster preparedness for infants and children. Ms. Frost is an experienced clinician, program manager and accomplished educator with more than 30 years of pediatric and neonatal critical care and ambulatory experience in a variety of roles, including faculty positions at major universities, medical relief work in Ecuador and Vietnam, staff development, patient care, transport nurse and advanced practice nursing. She has extensive experience implementing of pediatric and EMS standards of care within organizations and communities. She serves on several state and national advisory and workgroups supporting pediatric emergency and disaster preparedness and was recently named an adjunct faculty for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center for the new FEMA/DHS national curriculum on Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness.

Glen Granholm
Director, Seismic Services Programs
ETC Building and Design

A thirty year veteran in management and marketing, Glen Granholm began working in the preparedness field in 1993 helping schools in Oregon prepare for earthquakes. As the director for seismic services programs at ETC Building and Design, Glen has led seismic retrofitting and construction projects at multiple California hospitals. As the coordinator of outreach and education for the Bay Area Earthquake Alliance, Glen is heavily involved in the seismic readiness education for businesses, schools and communities. He is also a member of the Cascadia Region Workgroup, and is a frequent speaker at California organizations such as the American Society of Safety Engineers and the International Facility Managers Association. Most recently, Glen is working with the City of San Francisco’s offices of earthquake resiliency and emergency management in training residents about earthquake readiness, and is teaming with the Federal Alliance for Safer Homes in launching the new national Quake Smart business preparedness program.

Karen Greeley, RN
NICU Nursing/Physician Disaster Coordinator
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Karen Greeley is a registered nurse for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where she serves as a nurse managed transport specialist and the NICU disaster coordinator. Karen is involved in planning for the yearly Statewide Medical and Health Exercise, including the evacuation of a level three NICU in 2010 and functional exercise of the entire Children’s Hospital in 2011. Karen also created a design for new evacuation equipment for the premature and term NICU patient and worked to create the first Pediatric Disaster Reference Guide that bridges pre-hospital care for the sick newborn with critical care pediatric resources during a disaster. Karen was instrumental in assisting the California Association of Neonatologists in creating their new NICU Disaster Planning Toolkit.

Gillian Hilton, MBChB, MRCS, FCARCSI, FRCA
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia
Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Hilton is a clinical assistant professor in the department of anesthesia for Stanford University School of Medicine where she teaches residents and medical students in labor and delivery as well as in the main operating room. She also serves as faculty on the newly developed obstetric basic life support course at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hilton serves on the Obstetric Disaster Planning Committee for Stanford University Medical Center. Gillian received her medical degree from University of Glasgow (UK), School of Medicine. She completed her Anesthesia Residency at the North Trent School of Anesthesia in the UK. She is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK; the Fellowship of The Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK; and the Fellowship of The College of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Yvonne Hobbs
Support Services Assistant Administrator
Kaiser Permanente

Pamela K. Hoffner, RN, MSN, CHEP
Director, Department of Emergency Preparedness
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Pam Hoffner serves as the director of emergency preparedness and response at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is administratively responsible for emergency management to include preparedness, education, regulatory compliance, mitigation, response and recovery at the medical center. Pam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She is an adjunct instructor in nursing at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing where she lectures and assists with emergency management curriculum development. In May 2010, Pam led the response and recovery efforts as Nashville and most of the surrounding areas in Tennessee experienced massive flooding.

Loni Howard, RN, MSN
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Sutter Medical Center

Loni has worked for Sutter General Hospital for over 30 years as an emergency department nurse. For the past 16 years she has been the emergency preparedness coordinator for Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Loni was a member of the Hospital Incidence Command System (HICS) revision national workgroup and continues as a HICS Center for Education and Training Advisory Board member. Loni worked for 5 years as a CHA Hospital Preparedness Program Coordinator. Loni is an instructor for HICS and Incident Action Planning courses.

Lois C. Husted, RN, BSN
Base/Emergency Management Coordinator
Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Lois Husted has been an emergency department nurse for 33 years. Ms. Husted serves as the base and emergency management coordinator for Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Lois has coordinated Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s responses to local floods, HazMat, wildland fires and most recently earthquakes.

Ana-Marie Jones
Executive Director
Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters

Ana-Marie Jones is the executive director of Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters (CARD), created by local community agencies after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Before joining CARD in April 2000, Ms. Jones worked for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services managing projects supporting nonprofits and access and functional/special needs issues. She was the acting executive director of Northern California Disaster Preparedness Network, a five-year funding initiative designed to address emergency preparedness and disaster response for agencies serving multi-ethnic, at-risk, and other diverse communities. She is a member of UC Berkeley’s CalPrepare Advisory Community. In 2005 she joined the faculty at UC Berkeley as a guest lecturer.

Miles Julihn
EMS Administrator
Marin County Emergency Medical Services Agency

Miles Julihn has been with the Marin County Emergency Medical Services Agency since 2008 where he is responsible for overall coordination of Marin’s EMS system. Mr. Julihn’s knowledge of EMS developed over nearly three decades in the California fire service, where he started as a paramedic firefighter and led four fire departments as fire chief. In 1999, Miles earned a master’s degree in Organizational Management. He has overseen preparations to deploy California Task Force 3 (CA-TF3), a federal Urban Search and Rescue team sponsored by Menlo Park Fire District, to New York City following the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. From 2009 to 2011 Miles served as President of the EMS Administrators’ Association of California, where he provided leadership for this statewide organization of EMS executives responsible for 32 local EMS systems in California.

Kathy Koblick
Program Manager, Public Health Preparedness
Marin County Department of Health and Human Services

Kathy has been a practicing public health professional for 25 years and has been with the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Division for 13 years. She is currently the manager of the Public Health Preparedness program where she convenes the Healthcare Preparedness Program coalition that includes hospitals, clinics and long term care facilities in Marin. In this position she is also responsible for ensuring that staff and infrastructure are ready to respond to a medical health emergency. Kathy is an Adjunct Professor with the MPH program at Touro University in Vallejo, CA. She practices international public health as part of the One Heart World Wide volunteer staff in Nepal focusing on women’s health issues in remote communities in the Himalayas.

Philip Lo
Business Continuity Management Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Philip Lo has worked for Kaiser Permanente for seven years. In his current role, he serves as a business continuity management consultant and supports 14 Southern California medical centers with their business continuity planning efforts. In his previous role with Kaiser, Philip worked at the Los Angeles Medical Center as an environmental health and safety coordinator where he provided day to day support with safety operations.

Eric Lovell, MD
Chair, Emergency Department
Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas

Dr. Eric Lovell is an emergency department physician at Scripps Memorial Hospital and also serves as the hospital’s emergency department chair. Prior to working with Scripps, Dr. Lovell worked for 20 years as an emergency medicine physician for the United States Navy. He completed a medical degree at the University of Virginia and a residency in emergency medicine at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Dr. Lovell is a Board Certified Emergency Physician. 

Rachel Majors, MBA, HA, EMT-IV
Program Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Metro Public Health Department

Rachel Majors has been with the Metro Public Health Department’s Emergency Preparedness Program since June 2008. She served as the regional hospital coordinator for emergency preparedness until February 2012, when she was appointed director of emergency preparedness. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004. In 2007, she completed her Master of Business Administration with a focus in Hospital Administration degree from Lipscomb University. In 2009, Rachel became a licensed emergency medical technician – intravenous therapy. She has been heavily involved in several emergencies in Middle Tennessee, including the 2008 Hurricane Gustav evacuation, the H1N1 Flu Outbreak, the May 2010 Flood and the 2012 Fungal Meningitis Outbreak. In 2013, Rachel directed the biggest medical dispensing exercise in Tennessee’s history.

Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN
Preparedness Program Manager
Orange County Health Care Agency

Mary Massey has over twenty years of experience in acute care hospital emergency services. She participates in multi-agency, state, and federal coalitions and taskforces and has authored policies addressing WMD, mass decon, prophylaxis, fatality management and pandemic response.  She was the Anaheim Fire paramedic coordinator for over 15 years and has deployed with the California CA-1 DMAT Team to multiple wildfire responses and hurricanes, including Ike and Katrina. She is a member of the HICS National Workgroup and has worked on projects with the CDC, United Nations, and numerous Homeland Security Exercises across the country. Ms. Massey is a Department of Justice WMD, HSEEP Instructor, Master Exercise Practitioner, and Homeland Security Center for Domestic Preparedness Instructor. She graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with her Master’s in Homeland Security and Defense.

Richard Miralles, MSN, MHA, RN, CNOR, RNFA
Director, Perioperative and Emergency Care Services
Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Richard Miralles has been a registered nurse for over 20 years. He has been with Queen of the Valley Medical Center for seven years, where he is responsible for the emergency, trauma and base operations. Richard has worked with trauma physicians to develop and coordinate a seamless process for trauma patients from the emergency room to the operating room.

Lillian D. Morris, RN, MS, CHSP
Chief Safety Officer
Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia

Lillian Morris is the chief safety officer for Charleston Area Medical Center, a multi-campus 900+ bed tertiary care center in West Virginia. Ms. Morris is responsible for the comprehensive safety program, including patient safety, risk management, emergency response program, environmental regulatory compliance, infection prevention and employee health. Lillian serves as a Hospital Emergency Preparedness Task Force Regional Coordinator for the West Virginia Hospital Association. She is a certified healthcare safety professional.

Michael J. Munda, JD, M.Ed, CPHRM, CJCP
Director, Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance
Renown Health

Michael Munda is the director of accreditation and regulatory compliance and emergency management planner for Renown Health.  He has served as incident commander for many code triages, including the Reno Air Races crash in 2011, Amtrak Incident, IHOP shooting in Carson City, Hawthorne Explosion, and various loss of EMR and loss of power and communications events in the Northern Nevada region. He also chairs the Emergency Management committee for the Level II Trauma Center, the Inter-Hospital Coordinating council of Northern Nevada — a collaborative of eleven hospitals — and has ten years of experience in health care compliance, continuous survey readiness, operations, property, acquisitions and emergency management planning.

Annika Nowlin
Director, Quality and Risk Management
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Annika Nowlin is a registered nurse certified in quality management.  Annika has over 30 years of experience in leadership positions in acute-care hospitals, with 22 years in quality management leadership positions. Annika has been the director of quality and risk management at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital for the past nine years and has been working on the initiative for business continuity planning at the hospital for the past year.

Michelle Odell
Public Affairs Director
Kaiser Permanente

Lisa Parker
Director, Division of Institutional Quality Standards
Clinical Standards Group
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Bridget Pearce, RN, HEM, BSN
Director, Operations/Facility Management/Safety Officer
Novato Community Hospital

Bridget Pearce has served for more than 25 years in the health care industry as a nurse, nurse manager, and operations and program director. Her areas of expertise include critical care, quality assurance, and facilities management with an emphasis on patient safety and emergency preparedness. For the past 10 years Bridget has directed the disaster planning and emergency preparedness activities of Sutter Health Novato Community Hospital. She has incorporated hospital surge response into Novato Community Hospital disaster drills and has formed partnerships with community-based organizations such as the Marin Medical Response Corps to enhance triage and treatment capabilities at her hospital site. Bridget has received certification and training in emergency preparedness from ECRI Institute.

Richard Prestidge
Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program Manager
Colorado Hospital Association

Richard Prestidge is the Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program Manager for the Colorado Hospital Association. He received a BS degree in Business Administration and a MS in Health Care Administration, both from the University of Maryland. Richard spent over a decade as a financial controller for various health care entities before joining the Colorado Hospital Association’s emergency preparedness program. He has worked with Colorado hospitals and state public health to create a statewide hospital MOU, an evacuation planning guide and template and business continuity tools.

Teri D. Reynolds, RN, MSN, MHA, CEN
Educator Specialist
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Teri Reynolds has been an educator at Loma Linda University Medical Simulation Center since 2009. Teri’s past experience includes fifteen years of emergency nursing, cardiac nursing and ICU nursing. During this time her roles included staff nurse, charge nurse and educator in the Level One Trauma Center. Teri’s heart lies in simulation and education. She is a member of the Society of Simulation in Health Care, the American Heart Association and the Emergency Nurses Association.

Christopher Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC
Emergency Management and Project Coordinator
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance 

Christopher Riccardi has developed and implemented enduring emergency management programs for three Southern California hospitals. Chris is an instructor for the Hospital Association of Southern California’s Hospital Disaster Management Training program educating hospital leadership throughout Los Angeles County in managing disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies. He is a Disaster Healthcare Volunteer representing the Los Angeles County Surge Unit. Chris has led the collaboration to develop a comprehensive disaster response initiative as part of the Emergency Department Disaster Task Force since 2005. Chris has developed a comprehensive, redundant disaster communications plan for both Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Centers and the Providence Health and Services system.

Kevin Rose
Interim Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC)
San Mateo County EMS Agency

Kevin Rose is the emergency preparedness specialist for the San Mateo County EMS Agency, where he currently serves as the Interim Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), Hospital Preparedness Program coordinator, Local Emergency Medical Services Agency coordinator and Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) administrator. He served as the MHOAC for the July 6, 2013 Asiana plane crash at SFO and as the Deputy MHOAC for the September 9, 2010 San Bruno explosion. Prior to working for the San Mateo County EMS Agency, Kevin worked as a legislative aide for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and as a field representative for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo. He has also worked in political consulting and public relations. Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Puget Sound.

Aaron Rubin, MD
Regional Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness
Kaiser Permanente

Aaron Rubin, MD is the regional coordinator for emergency preparedness for Kaiser Permanente where he participates in events such as the Pasadena Marathon, Los Angeles Triathlon, and Kaiser Permanente Fit Festival as a method of increasing emergency supplies and preparedness. He is leading Kaiser Permanente’s role as a medical sponsor for the upcoming Special Olympics World Games in 2015 in Los Angeles, where the medical team will provide care for international participants. Dr. Rubin received his medical degree from Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock, Texas and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Texas Tech Regional Academic Health Center in Amarillo, Texas. He came to Southern California to receive additional training in Sports Medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in Fontana where he stayed on as the Program Director.

Mitch Saruwatari
Director, Business Continuity Management
Kaiser Permanente

Mitch Saruwatari is currently the national director of business continuity management for Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system.  Prior to this, Mitch served as vice president of quality and compliance for an emergency management software company and over the past 20 years has held leadership roles in health care, public health and emergency medical services organizations.

Merritt Schreiber, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, Psychological Programs
Center for Disaster Medical Sciences
UC Irvine School of Medicine

Dr. Merritt Schreiber is associate professor and director for psychological programs with the Center for Disaster Medical Sciences at UC Irvine School of Medicine where he focuses on population-level impact and resilience in mental health consequences of mass casualty disasters and terrorism. Dr. Schreiber has been involved with the development of a comprehensive disaster mental health systems of care model for national, Los Angeles and California communities using the PsySTART Rapid Triage and Incident Management System. He leads the National Children’s Disaster Mental Health Concept of Operations Project, an emerging national best practice. Dr. Schreiber received a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in clinical child psychology from Ohio State University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in child/adolescent clinical psychology at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

Sandra Stark Shields, ATR-BC, LMFT, CTS
Disaster Program Manager
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Emergency Medical Services Agency

Sandra Stark Shields a disaster program manager for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency where she is responsible for the disaster mental health and volunteer program deliverables for the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant. Sandra was formerly the associate director of planning and preparedness and supervisor of disaster mental health and health services for the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles where she supervised a volunteer team of 200 licensed mental health and nursing professionals. Sandra is currently the disaster mental health co-lead for the state of California and leadership mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross. Sandra has been a national instructor for the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health course since 1995. Sandra has a BA in Psychology from Pepperdine and an MA in Clinical Art Therapy/Marriage and Family Counseling from Loyola Marymount University.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Art Therapist, and Certified Trauma Specialist through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.

Skip Skivington
Vice President, Operations
Kaiser Permanente

Skip Skivington is the vice president of operations for Kaiser Permanente, where he has executive responsibility for several key national departments including nutrition services, supplier diversity, emergency management, business continuity and the procurement and supply operations center. Since 2000, Mr. Skivington has been responsible for the implementation of a formal health care continuity management program throughout Kaiser Permanente. Skip also formed and now directs Kaiser Permanente’s threat assessment program. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Skip led two Kaiser Permanente medical response teams consisting of physicians, nurses and mental health providers to the Gulf Region at the specific request of the U.S. Surgeon General. Skip co-lead the U.S. Government’s Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Revisions IV and V Projects. Skip is a Certified Business Continuity Planner and holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Golden Gate University.

Patty Skoglund, RN
Senior Director, Emergency Management, Business Continuity
Scripps Health

Patty Skoglund is the senior corporate director of disaster preparedness and business continuity for Scripps Health, where her responsibilities include involvement in any Scripps system disruption of business greater than two hours for assessment, analytical evaluation, response planning, mitigation and recovery.  Patty has served as an emergency medicine, trauma and flight nurse for more than 20 years and in an administrative role for the last 15 years. Patty participates on local, state and national advisory boards involved with grant oversight, disaster policy/procedure, evacuation response, pandemic planning and disaster education for healthcare. Patty serves in a command staff role for the California Mobile Field Hospital.

Kristina Spurgeon
Emergency Management Consultant
Kaiser Permanente

Kristina Spurgeon has been working in healthcare Emergency Management for over 10 years, and has been part of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthcare Continuity Management team for the last seven years. She assists the 21 KP Medical Centers in Northern California with their Emergency Management Programs, conducts internal surveys for Joint Commission compliance, and works with the KP Northern California Region to implement and exercise disaster preparedness initiatives such as trauma and pediatric surge programs. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a Master of Public Health from San Francisco State University.

Terry Stone, RN, MS, CPHQ, EMS
Emergency Preparedness Manager
Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Terry Stone is a registered nurse with over 30 years of leadership experience in acute-care hospitals. Since 2006, Terry has been the emergency preparedness manager for a 238-bed acute-care hospital in Los Angeles, California. She obtained her certification in Emergency Management in 2011. Terry participated in the first functional exercise for the deployment of Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) sponsored by the Los Angeles County Surge Unit 2012 and in a full scale exercise for the deployment of DHV’s into hospitals and clinics also sponsored by the Los Angeles County Surge Unit in April of 2013.

Jeff Surowiec, CHSP
Manager, Environment of Care, Safety and Security
Sierra View District Hospital

Jeff Surowiec is responsible for the areas of the environment of care, safety, and security as well as emergency preparedness activities for Sierra View District Hospital. As the chairperson for the Emergency Management Committee, Jeff is responsible for the creation and implementation of the facility’s disaster training exercises, defining the objectives, monitoring the HICS Command Center and creating the After Action Reports to define the strengths and weaknesses observed. He is a representative on the Tulare County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Porterville Medical Reserve Corps. Jeff is also a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) and a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP) through the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers.

Caryn Thornburg, LVN, BAIS, MS
Safety, Emergency Management and Sustainability Officer
ValleyCare Health System

Caryn Thornburg has been in the health care industry since 1976. Caryn is a member of the State Mission Support Team and Secondary Workgroup for the HICS IV Revision project. She is also an instructor for CHA’s Active Shooter, IAP and HICS trainings. Caryn was elected to serve in the Alameda County Disaster Preparedness Healthcare Coalition. She has participated as a member of the Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Workgroup, the CDPH Surge Capacity project, the Emergency Food Advisory Group and the Cal/OSHA Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Advisory. Caryn worked with the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative Medical and Public Health projects to sustain and improve the region’s capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terrorist incidents and catastrophic events. She is a retired U.S. Army combat veteran, having served in third-world countries in field hospitals and on medical response teams in austere conditions following disasters. She also worked for U.S. Army at the Regional Training Site – Medical as a training supervisor and exercise planner for field hospitals, aviation, transportation and logistical supporting units.

Chris Tokas, SE, F. SEOC
Deputy Division Chief of Northern California Operations 
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development

Chris Tokas is a deputy Division Chief of Northern California Operations for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. Mr. Tokas has over 30 years of experience in structural engineering and design, with special emphasis in the areas of seismic evaluation, analysis and retrofit. He has designed and managed seismic upgrade projects for a wide variety of public, private and institutional clients and has been involved in all phases of seismic risk reduction programs, including development of criteria, evaluation of existing structural capacity, schematic design and preparation of construction documents.

Traci Torres, EMT-B
Emergency Management Coordinator
Glenn Medical Center

Traci Torres serves as the emergency management coordinator for Glenn Medical Center where she coordinates and administers the Hospital Preparedness Program grants. Traci also serves as the public information officer (PIO) and training and exercise coordinator. Traci has served Glenn Medical Center in Hospital Preparedness Programs for the past five years.

Amy Travis
Hospital Preparedness Program Coordinator
Glenn County

Amy Travis serves as the Medical-Health Emergency Preparedness Program coordinator for the County of Glenn. In this role, she coordinates and administers the Public Health and Hospital Preparedness Program grants, and serves as the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), public information officer (PIO), and training and exercise coordinator. Amy has served northern California counties in the medical-health preparedness program for the past seven years. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Education from CSU Chico.

Stacy Vincent, RN, CEN, MICN
Nurse Manager
Emergency Department
Enloe Medical Center

Stacy Vincent began her 20-year career in emergency services as an emergency department technician. She served as a paramedic, charge paramedic, and flight paramedic for Enloe Medical Center. After completing her nursing degree, Stacy worked as a nurse in the emergency department. Soon after, she accepted the role of charge nurse. She has been the manager of the emergency department for the last five years. In addition to overseeing the 35-bed emergency department serving 50,000 patients a year, Stacy oversees an outpatient resource program and forensic nurse examination team.

William Wennhold
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Mark Twain Medical Center

Bill Wennhold has worked in public safety for 36 years as a firefighter, paramedic, ambulance company owner, safety instructor, fire district administrator and disaster preparedness manager. He worked for 12 years for Calaveras County Office of Emergency Services coordinating emergency operations, safety training, and as a hazardous materials incident commander and inspector. He has worked for Mark Twain Medical Center since 2008 developing and managing their safety, security, emergency management, and worker’s compensation programs and is active in hospital and countywide emergency response programs. He has taught over 3,000 first responders and was the 2013 California Specialized Training Institute/California State Fire Marshall Hazardous Materials Instructor of the Year.

David Witt, MD
Infectious Disease Physician
Kaiser Permanente

Susan B. Woolley, RNC, BSN, MPH, Utah
Susan Woolley has worked as a registered nurse in multiple capacities including staff nurse, clinical educator, department manager/director and vice president for women’s services. In September 1991, Susan was working at Alta View Hospital Women’s Center in Sandy, Utah when a violent individual entered the hospital, ultimately holding Susan and others hostage for over 18 hours. After developing post-traumatic stress disorder from this incident, Ms. Woolley has become an advocate for those who have suffered physically, socially and emotionally after being injured or witnessing horrific events. Ms. Woolley received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Brigham Young University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Utah.

Tuition

Hospitals may use federal Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant monies to help cover tuition and travel costs. Check with your HPP grant administrator (either the local health department or Emergency Medical Services agency) for details.

Tuition — Discounted deadline extended to Sept. 4

Full conference plus pre-conference workshop:
Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday…………………………………$675

Full conference: Tuesday AND Wednesday………………….$510

Pre-conference only: Monday…………………………………….$225

One day conference only: Tuesday OR Wednesday….…$295

Registrations received after September 4 are subject to an additional $95 tuition.

Tuition includes continental breakfasts, lunches, education sessions, exhibit show and reception, and continuing education. Onsite registrations and any unpaid registrations as of the date of the meeting will be charged an additional 10% fee.

Confirmations

A confirmation will be emailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy

A $75 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation received in writing by September 15. No refunds will be made after this date. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be faxed to (916) 552-7506, or emailed to education@calhospital.org.

Continuing Education

Attendees must sign in at each session at the conference and include their professional license number, if required.

Compliance — This program has been approved for 6.6 pre-conference and up to 12.6 conference Compliance Certification Board (CCB) Continuing Education Units. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of the program content or the program sponsor.  CCB program code CAHA-050. (Note: CE recipients are solely responsible for retaining a copy for their records and for reporting credits to CCB)

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 5.5 pre-conference hours and up to 10.5 conference hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit (non-ACHE) for this program toward the advancement, or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number 11924, for 6.6 pre-conference contact hours and up to 12.6 conference contact hours.

Risk Management — This meeting has been approved for a total of 15.5 contact hours (pre-conference 5.5; up to conference 10.5) of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.

Hotel

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento, the host hotel for the conference, no longer has sleeping rooms available at the discounted rate.

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-1234

The Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park has rooms available at the discounted rate of $189 for all nights during the conference. For reservations, call (800) 267-6806 and mention the “CHA Disaster Planning Conference.” The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is September 12.

For directions and parking information at the Residence Inn, click here.

     

Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park
1121 15th Street
(Corner of 15th & L Street)
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-0500
(800) 267-6806 (reservations)

Best Practices Posters

The Best Practices Poster Showcase was conceived as a way for members to share innovative ideas and model programs that can be replicated by other hospitals. By recognizing and highlighting the excellent work and unique contributions of our members, we celebrate our successes and support our ability to learn from each other.

Congratulations to the Best Practices Poster Showcase Winners!

  • Catalina Island Medical Center — One Sound for All
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles — Disaster Olympix: An Innovative Approach in Disaster Management to Ensure Patient Safety and Pediatric Capacity and Capability Gap Analysis for Surge Planning
  • Kaiser Permanente — Making HICS Work for Your Organization
  • Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital — Because They are Worth It: Disaster Planning for Kids
  • Methodist Hospital of Sacramento — Code Silver/Active Shooter Exercise at a Community Hospital
  • Moulage Concepts — Moulage: Creating Training Scenarios that Look, Feel, Sound and Smell Like the Real Thing
  • Navy Medical Center, San Diego — An Integrated Electronic Medical Record Disaster Module and Perception of Risk and Disaster Preparedness Among our Beneficiaries — Are We Prepared?
  • Pomona Valley Hospital and Health Center — 96 Hours of Preparedness, How PVHMC Prepares for a Catastrophic Disaster
  • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center — Emergency Department Disaster Course
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital — Social Media and Patient Privacy: Lessons Learned from Isla Vista Shooting Tragedy
  • Sharp HealthCare — Disaster Transportation
  • Sutter Roseville Medical Center — Surge Mitigation: Prepare your Community and Team for Disaster
  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System — Resolving the Logistical Challenge of Mobilizing Supplies

Poster displays will be showcased in the exhibit hall.

Questions?

Contact Lisa Hartzell at (916) 552-7502 or lhartzell@calhospital.org.

Sponsor & Exhibit

Be front and center at the only disaster planning conference targeted to California hospitals. Showcase your products to hundreds of leading health care decision makers, including hospital preparedness coordinators, disaster planning teams, and key state and federal officials. With dedicated exhibit viewing time to network, you will not be disappointed!

For additional sponsor and exhibitor information click here.

Contact Lisa Hartzell, (916) 552-7502 or lhartzell@calhospital.org.

 

We would like to thank our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the 2014 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference.

Silver Sponsors:

   
       
   
   
   
   
       

Exhibitors to Date:

3M Company

American Red Cross

American Technologies, Inc.

API Healthcare, Inc.

ARC Products, LLC

Ascenttra, Inc.

AtHoc, Inc.

Belfor Property Restoration

Brief Relief

California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA)

California Poison Control

Chart, Inc.

DataTech 911

Delta Wireless, Inc.

Disaster Management Systems

DQE, Inc.

EM Solutions by HSS Inc.

Emergent Biosolutions

Envision Solar International, Inc.

ETC Building and Design

EVACU B

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Globalstar

Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Grainger

Guest Communications Corporation

HeaterMeals

Image Sales, Inc.

Impact Instrumentation, Inc.

Industrial Emergency Council (IEC)

Intermedix

LiveProcess

Ludlum Measurements

Meals for All

Moulage Concepts

Pomona Valley Medical Center Mobile Hospital Command Vehicle

Practical Hospital Services

ProPac, Inc.

Quakehold! Industrial

ReddiNet

Rex Ems

RRS Patient Decontamination Contractor

ServiceMaster Recovery Management

SOS Survival Products

SSCOR, Inc.

Stanford Medicine Emergency Communications Vehicle

StopTech, Ltd.

Survivor Industries

Vocera Communications, Inc.

TelePacific Communications

VeriCor, LLC

Western Shelter Systems

Wise Company, Inc.

Worldwide Disaster Response Group

X2nSat

Conference Committee

Chair

Cheri Hummel, Vice President, Disaster Preparedness, California Hospital Association

Committee Members

Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Department of Veterans, Office of Emergency Management, VHA VISN 21, FEMA Region IX

Ryan Burgess, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Hospital Association of Southern California

Elena Ceja, Senior Emergency Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Barb Ellis, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Oroville Hospital

Kristina Freas, MS, BSN, EMT-P, CEM, Director, Emergency Management, Dignity Health

Hernando Garzon, MD, Director, Emergency Management, The Permanente Medical Group

John Greathouse, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, George L. Mee Memorial Hospital

Michele Heckle, Emergency Management, Environmental Health and Safety, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center

Monique Imroth, MEP, Director, Emergency Preparedness & Response, UC San Diego Health System

Kurt Kainsinger, MPH, Director, Office of Emergency Preparedness, UCLA Health System

Bob Kiuttu, Manager, EMS Communications and Emergency Preparedness, Enloe Medical Center

Claudia Marroquin-Frometa, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Emergency Management, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Prime Healthcare System

Shannon McDougall, Director, Emergency Preparedness, St. Jude Medical Center

Kathy Nacey, RN, MS, MICN, CEN, CPEN, EMS and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Methodist Hospital of Sacramento

Vivian Reyes, MD, FACEP, Emergency Physician, The Permanente Medical Group

Christopher Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC, Emergency Management and Project Coordinator, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance

Mark Shirley, Manager, Environment of Care, California Pacific Medical Center

Kristina Spurgeon, Emergency Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Patty Skoglund, RN, Senior Director, Emergency Management, Business Continuity, Scripps Health

Wendi Thomas, RN, CEN, Nursing Director/Emergency Services, Family Birthing Center,  Administrative Supervisors and Disaster Planning, Petaluma Valley Hospital

Caryn Thornburg, LVN, BAIS, MS, Safety, Emergency Management and Sustainability Officer, ValleyCare Health System

Lann Wilder, Director of Emergency Management, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

Attendees

Click here for a list of attendees.

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