Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
We’re in This Together

September 23 – 25, 2013
Sacramento, CA


Successful disaster response and recovery is largely dependent on connections. By leveraging the strengths of our partners and sharing resources, we can create resilient hospitals. No matter what your role — clinician, physician, emergency preparedness coordinator or facilities management — you are a crucial part of the system. We’re in This Together!

Develop vital relationships and take your plans to the next level at the largest gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California. Make plans now to join your colleagues, community partners, suppliers, and state officials for this important annual event.

Conference highlights include:

  • Half-day pre-conference workshop on critical utility systems
  • Boston Marathon bombing response and recovery
  • Lessons learned from recent local and national crises, including the Asiana plane crash and Hurricane Sandy
  • Insights from ASPR’s Dr. Lurie
  • Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) revision project
  • Loss of electronic medical records
  • Training for an active shooter event
  • Business continuity for hospitals
  • Introduction to health care emergency management
  • Understanding legal issues following a disaster
  • County surge capacity planning
  • Best practice poster showcase
  • Exhibit show featuring over 60 vendors
  • And more!


The pre-conference workshop on Monday, September 23 will be held at the Hyatt Regency. 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.

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Monday, September 23

1:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Pre-Conference Workshop
Utilities Management: Preserving Critical Systems

What would be affected in your hospital if you had no running water? How would you respond if your generator didn’t work during a power outage? In this half day pre-conference, we will cover what every emergency preparedness and facilities manager needs to know about their critical systems. Assess your risk and plan together now to keep your hospital operational when disaster strikes.

Checklists and other tools will be available for participants to take back to their facilities.

Pre-conference Agenda

Noon – 1:00 p.m. | Pre-Conference Registration

1:00 – 1:10 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions

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

1:10 – 2:10 p.m.
Disaster Planning, Response & Recovery:
Louisiana Lessons Learned

Kenneth Alexander, MS, RRT, Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Activities, Louisiana Hospital Association

2:10 – 3:10 p.m.
Hospital Utilities Planning: What Every Emergency Manager Needs to Know

Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento; Connie Lackey, RN, Valley Service Area Director, Emergency Preparedness/Safety/Security, Providence Health & Services; and Pete Plessas, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Health Office of the General Counsel

3:10 – 3:25 p.m. | Break

3:25 – 4:15 p.m.
What Happens When the Taps Run Dry? Emergency Water Planning Best Practices

Jim Siplon, Founder/CEO, ReThinkH2O

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Local Emergency Management Planning and Response

Leslie Luke, Group Program Manager, County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Wrap up and dismiss

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

Tuesday Agenda

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

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Opening Keynotes

The Boston Marathon Bombings
Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP, Director of Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine, Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Director, Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (EPREP)
On April 15, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three and injuring 264 others, with many suffering from the loss of limbs. Medical personnel, on hand to assist runners and bystanders, rushed to treat and triage wounded victims before the injured were transferred to hospitals. Hear how the community and 27 local hospitals worked together to coordinate a rapid response, despite a citywide lockdown and shelter-in-place order. The session will also address how Boston’s extensive emergency preparation and training prior to the marathon aided their response.

Insights from ASPR
Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Hospitals play a critical role in responding to a crisis, whether caused by man or mother nature. As the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Dr. Lurie has worked to support hospitals nationwide to respond to diverse threats ranging from pandemic flu to oil spills. In this session, she will share insights about the central role of hospitals and coalitions during a crisis. In addition, she will discuss important opportunities for hospitals to promote resilience in their communities – before, during and after a public health crisis.

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

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. | General Session

Hospital Emergency Response Legal Issues –
Lessons from Joplin

H. Dwight Douglas, General Counsel, Freeman Health System
When a devastating tornado struck Joplin, Missouri in 2011, Freeman Health System became the only fully operational hospital in the city. Under emergency power, Freeman surgeons performed 22 life-saving surgeries and in just two days the hospital provided care to approximately 1,000 trauma patients. In this session, Freeman’s general counsel will discuss the challenging legal issues that arose after the storm and offer recommendations on how to protect your facility from costly mistakes. Topics will include hospital emergency licensing and regulatory issues, FEMA matters, hospital expansion and construction, employment, mutual aid, insurance claims and facility leasing issues.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

EMSA and CDPH Updates
Howard Backer, MD, MPH, Director, Emergency Medical Services Authority; and Susan Fanelli, Deputy Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, California Department of Public Health

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

Hospital Incident Command System Revision Project
Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program; and Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
Ready for HICS IV? In this session, health care facilities and response partners will learn about the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Revision Project changes to HICS IV including the guidebook, incident management teams charts, job action sheets, incident planning and response guides, and HICS forms. Learn how to implement the changes in your facility.  

Emergency Response for Loss of Electronic Medical Records
Michael J. Munda, JD, M.Ed, CPHRM, Director, Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance; and Jenn Mahan, Director of Nursing, Emergency and Trauma Services, Renown Health
Imagine darkness and silence — your hospital has no power. Computers and communication systems are down. Can you continue to operate and provide care with a complete loss of your electronic medical records? In this session, attendees will learn how to set up an electronic medical record continuity of operations plan and execute it during a code triage situation. A reproducible work flow with forms will also be presented.

Partnering with Volunteers in a Disaster
Carole Snyder, RN, BSN, MS, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, PIH Health Hospital; Terry Stone, RN, MA, CPHQ, EMS, Safety Officer/Emergency Preparedness Manager, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital; Christopher Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC, Emergency Management and Project Coordinator, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance; and Sandra Shields, LMFT, CTS, Senior Disaster Services Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency
Volunteers are an asset to health care delivery, but how they are used during a disaster situation presents unique challenges. Hospitals must plan for accommodations, safety, security and orientation before a disaster health care volunteer (DHV) can be given an assignment. Participants will learn how to integrate DHVs efficiently during a disaster using a customizable orientation program and DHV application template.

Considerations for Special Populations During a Disaster 
Gina Biter-Mundt, MA, Adaptive Sports Consultant; and Donna Williams, RN, MSN, CRRN, Patient Care Coordinator/Case Manager, Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center
Everyone has a right to services and resources in the event of a disaster — including persons with disabilities (PWDs). More than a moral issue, the laws of our land require it. Learn about legislative requirements governing equal access before, during and after a disaster and why PWDs should be included in the planning and preparation process. Discover why unconscious bias still exists and how to generate awareness and understanding for this segment of our community.

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

Practice Did Not Make Perfect – Lessons from a Rural Hospital Evacuation
Robyn Atadero, RN, BSN, MPH, CEN, Chief Nursing Officer, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District; Ryan Kelley, Director of Safety and Security, El Centro Regional Medical Center; Brendan Manning, MPH, CEPR, BS, EMT-B, Region VI Disaster Medical Health Specialist, Riverside County Department of Public Health; and Chris Herring, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District
In 2012 on a hot August day, a hospital in Brawley, California was hit by a 5.5 earthquake. A series of earthquakes continued for 12 more hours as the facility lost power and AC in 105 degree heat. Evacuation and patient transfers were initiated, but things didn’t go according to past exercises. A panel of key players will share their viewpoints on what went wrong and new plans to ensure a more efficient disaster response.

Disaster Planning for Obstetric Units: OB TRAIN 
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; and Nancy Peterson, Director of Perinatal Outreach Program, Mid-Coastal California Perinatal Outreach Program, Stanford University
This session will explain the unique challenges of caring for obstetrical patients during a disaster. Participants will learn how to use OB TRAIN, a triage and evacuation tool specifically designed for the multi-acuity levels that occur in OB units. Included in the session will be discussions on a collaborative network of regional maternity hospitals, shelter in place needs for an obstetrical patient, and other critical issues for your antepartum, labor and delivery, and postpartum patients.

Essentials of an Emergency Management Program
Loni Howard, RN, MSN, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento 
Designed for those new to emergency preparedness, this session provides a “how to” approach on effective documentation of your Emergency Management Program and provides information on how to prepare for a survey by The Joint Commission. Learn ways to utilize the CHA Emergency Management Program Checklist to organize and write your Emergency Operations Plan and Emergency Management Program description. Bring your table of contents to compare and evaluate. 

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

Contra Costa County Chevron Fire Incident
Pat Frost, RN, MS, PNP, Director, Emergency Medical Services, Contra Costa Health Care Services; Malcolm Johnson, MD, Director, Emergency Department, Doctors Medical Center San Pablo; Shirley Steinback, RN, Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente East Bay; and Caryn Thornburg (Moderator), Safety, Emergency Management and Sustainability Officer, ValleyCare Health System
When a major fire erupted at an oil refinery in Richmond, the Contra Costa EMS System and 24+ community agencies responded immediately. In the following 18 days, nearby hospitals received over 15,000 incident-related emergency department visits. This panel session will explain how community-based partnerships were utilized, provide a comprehensive look into a true community medical surge event, and explore the most challenging aspects of the operational area response. Leaders from two health care facilities that experienced the greatest surge will share their experiences caring for patients in the midst of resource shortfalls.

How Health Systems May Participate in the State’s Mobile Field Hospital Program
Patty Skoglund, RN, Senior Director, Disaster Preparedness, Scripps Health; Lisa Schoenthal, Chief, Disaster Medical Services Division, California Emergency Medical Services Authority; Colin Bucks, MD, Clinic Instructor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University Hospital and Director, Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response; and Mary Ann Codeglia, RN, MSN, Administrative Director, Clinical Quality and Emergency Management, San Ramon Regional Medical Center
Ready to take your disaster planning and response to the next level? Learn how your health system can partner with the state and other health systems to participate in the largest Mobile Field Hospital Program in the civilian world. California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) and Scripps Health were among the partners that developed the concept for Specialized California Medical Assistance Teams (CAL-MATs). Learn details about the types of missions CAL-MATs perform and how to develop a Specialized CAL-MAT.

Hospital Incident Command System Revision Project

Emergency Response for Loss of Electronic Medical Record (repeated)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. | Exhibit Show Reception and Best Practices

Wednesday Agenda

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

8:30 – 10:10 a.m. | General Session

In the Eye of the Storm: Lessons in Leadership
Leslie D. Hirsch, President/CEO, Saint Clare’s Health System
Few people have experienced firsthand one disaster, let alone three major hurricanes of the magnitude of Katrina, Irene and Sandy. This presentation tells the story of a President/CEO that faced these devastating storms and how he led his hospitals and health system through all phases of response and recovery. Participants will hear about the decisions that led to a full hospital evacuation and understand the complexity of business issues during the recovery period.

Hurricane Sandy Evacuation
Kristin Stevens, Emergency Manager, NYU Langone Medical Center
In October 2012, New York City faced unprecedented challenges when Superstorm Sandy devastated the region. As Sandy made landfall, NYU Langone Medical Center was forced to evacuate when multiple utility systems failed. In this presentation, participants will learn about how NYULMC’s planning, training and exercises helped support a successful evacuation of over 300 patients.

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

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(choose one)

Developing a Comprehensive Disaster Exercise Program –
The Physician’s Perspective

Joel T. Levis, MD, PhD, FACEP, FAAEM, Emergency Physician, Emergency Preparedness Co-Chair, Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center
When disaster strikes, will your staff be prepared to respond? Holding regular drills can help your facility prepare for potential disaster scenarios. This presentation describes the development of a physician-directed monthly disaster exercise program, including identifying key participants and promoting participation of your medical staff personnel. Take away ideas for developing a disaster exercise program, as well as suggested exercise scenarios.

San Bernardino County Surge Capacity Planning
Matt Baca, Preparedness and Response Program Coordinator, Department of Public Health, County of San Bernardino; Juan G. “Jerry” Nevarez, RN, MSN, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Program Coordinator, Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency, County of San Bernardino; and Dori Baeza, Lead Medical Emergency Planning Specialist for Pandemic Planning, Preparedness and Response Program, Department of Public Health, County of San Bernardino
In this session, attendees will hear about San Bernardino County’s Surge Capacity Plan for a health care surge emergency. The plan is unique in that it allows long term care facilities to serve as Government-Authorized Alternate Care Sites (GAACS), addressing challenges to limited resources and cost reimbursement. Learn key components to develop your own internal surge plan, how to establish sites with Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), and how to bridge the gap between public and private sector emergency planning.

Planning and Training for an Active Shooter Event
Caryn Thornburg, Safety, Emergency Management and Sustainability Officer, ValleyCare Health System
The presence of a gunman in a hospital setting is frightening, yet active shooters have become increasingly more common in California and across the nation. This presentation will detail the key components of hospital active shooter preparedness and response, including innovative ideas for developing or enhancing your plans and training your staff. Learn ways to increase your odds of survival in the active shooter scenario in the health care setting.

Business Continuity and Financial Considerations for Hospitals
Jeremy Stacy, Emergency Management Professional
Staying up and running during a disaster is critical. Find out how your facility can continue to provide essential services during prolonged recovery periods through Business Continuity Planning (BCP). Learn how to develop a plan that will reduce the likelihood of denied reimbursements and take home a template to implement a program at your own facility. This presentation will also provide an overview of regulatory requirements and payor expectations involved with BCP.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. | Hosted Lunch

2013 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Update
Susan Fanelli, Deputy Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, California Department of Public Health; and Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program
This lunch session will provide information on the upcoming 2013 Statewide Medical and Health Exercise on Medical Surge from Foodborne Illness, including the objectives, key issues, local exercise planning and customization, after action reporting and improvement plans, and role of state agencies.

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. | Concurrent Breakout Sessions
(choose one)

Ready to Reunify: Best Practices in Family Support and Reunification
Sandra Shields, LMFT, CTS, Senior Disaster Services Analyst, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency; Michelle Constant, Chief Executive Officer, Constant and Associates, Inc.; Millicent Wilson, MD, Disaster Training Specialist, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency; Eleanor Guzik, Disaster Services, PHSS Nurse Consultant, American Red Cross; and Anne E. Reynolds, Disaster Officer, American Red Cross
When disaster strikes, how will your organization manage a surge of patient family members looking for missing loved ones? Activating a Family Information Center can help you coordinate the services that families may need following a disaster, such as counseling, social services and spiritual care. Participants in this session will receive a copy of the Family Information Center Planning Guide for Healthcare Entities. Representatives from the American Red Cross will also discuss the assistance they can provide to reunite and support families during a disaster.

After Action Reporting
Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program
After Action Reporting is a crucial step in preparedness and recovery. This session will address the eight components of a hospital After Action Report and provide tools to aid hospitals in After Action Report and Improvement Plan development. Learn how hospitals can coordinate with other response partners in After Action Reporting.

Pediatric Surge Planning Across the State
Kathy Stevenson, RN, BSN, Manager, Pediatric Disaster Resource Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; Pat Frost, RN, MS, PNP, Director, Emergency Medical Services, Contra Costa Health Care Services; Mary Jo Quintero, RN, CCRN, Prehospital Liaison Nurse, Emergency Department, Children’s Hospital Central California; and Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN (Moderator), Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program
Comprehensive planning can help ensure children receive appropriate care during a disaster. Hospital representatives from throughout the state will provide an overview of the development of pediatric surge plans, including current resources available at the local, state and national level. This presentation will also cover solutions to common pediatric care planning challenges for a wide-scale disaster.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Closing Session 

Teamwork in Action: The Asiana Plane Crash Response
Kevin Rose, Emergency Preparedness Specialist and Interim Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC), San Mateo County EMS Agency; and Lann Wilder, EMT-P, Emergency Management Coordinator, Interim Hospital Associate Administrator – Emergency Management, Health and Safety and Food Services with Margaret Knudson, MD, Chief of Surgery and Rachael Kagan, Chief Communications Officer, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
When Asiana Flight 214 crashed at SFO Airport, the world watched on as the scene unfolded from first responder triage and treatment to patient care at area hospitals. In this presentation, participants will gain critical insight into the operational and logistical coordination required during a mass casualty incident response. Learn the key factors that contributed to the success in evaluating and treating patients as well as the challenges encountered including security, communications, patient tracking, reunification, language barriers, intensive media coverage and international diplomatic relations.


Kenneth Alexander, MS, RRT
Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Activities
Louisiana Hospital Association

As vice president of quality and regulatory activities, Ken Alexander is responsible for the Louisiana Hospital Association’s emergency preparedness activities. Ken is integrally involved in the planning, execution and support of Louisiana’s Medical Institution Evacuation Plan, Sheltering in Place plan, and state mandated hospital reporting plan. During hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Isaac, Ken manned the state Emergency Operations Center. During hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Ken was a hospital CEO, maintaining routine hospital operations while sheltering in place and serving as a medical special needs shelter for 35 Katrina evacuees. Most of his 35+ year career has been spent in the hospital industry where he has served a variety of roles ranging from care delivery to executive management.

Robyn Atadero, RN, BSN, MPH, CEN
Chief Nursing Officer
Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District

Robyn Atadero has been a practicing nurse for over 26 years, with 23 years spent in the Emergency Department. She served as director of emergency services for 12 years prior to becoming the chief nursing officer for Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District in 2012.

Matt Baca
Preparedness and Response Program Coordinator

Department of Public Health
County of San Bernardino

Matt Baca has 17 years of experience working in public health, including nine years in the Preparedness and Response Program with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. In his present role, Matt is responsible for grants coordination and monitoring, budgets, overseeing day to day program operations and supervising the program staff as it relates to preparing and responding to public health emergencies such as bioterrorism, pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases. He holds a current Designated Representative Drug Wholesaler License with the California Board of Pharmacy to purchase and manage emergency medicinal assets and resources for the Department of Public Health to be utilized during a public health emergency response.

Howard Backer, MD, MPH, FACEP
Emergency Medical Services Authority

Howard Backer is the director of the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, where he leads the department in establishing and enforcing standards for EMS personnel, coordinating with local EMS systems, overseeing the development of statewide specialty care systems, and preparing for and responding to disasters. Dr. Backer previously served for 10 years at the California Department of Public Health where he held a variety of assignments, including chief of the immunization branch and interim director and interim state health officer. From 2008 to 2011, Backer was associate secretary for emergency preparedness at the California Health and Human Services Agency where he worked closely with EMSA, CDPH, the Department of Social Services and other CHHS departments on plans to coordinate public health and medical disaster response, as well as mass care and shelter issues. Prior to government service, Dr. Backer practiced emergency medicine for 25 years; he is board certified in emergency medicine, preventive medicine and public health.

Dori Baeza
Lead Medical Emergency Planning Specialist for Pandemic Planning, Preparedness and Response Program
Department of Public Health
County of San Bernardino

Dori Baeza is a medical emergency planner and serves as the pandemic influenza project lead with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Preparedness and Response Program. Dori is responsible for pandemic influenza workplan activities as they pertain to training and exercise, mass prophylaxis planning and surge capacity/Government Authorized Alternate Care site planning. Dori was involved in the 2007 Wildland Fire response in San Bernardino County and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response. She is an instructor on public health emergencies, crisis and emergency risk communications, homeland security exercise evaluation program, ICS/SEMS/NIMS and pandemic influenza planning.

Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP
Director of Operations, Department of Emergency Medicine

Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness
Massachusetts General Hospital, and

Director, Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (EPREP)
In addition to his roles at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program, Dr. Biddinger chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and is a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Biddinger has lectured nationally and internationally and authored numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to emergency medical services and disaster medicine. In April 2013, Dr. Biddinger was working at a medical station when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He arrived in the emergency department to respond as the first patients appeared.

Gina Biter-Mundt, MA
Adaptive Sports Consultant

Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center
Gina is the adaptive sports consultant at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center, where she provides information and education on a number of topics including community resources and adapted sports and recreation programs, spinal cord injury education and emergency preparedness. She taught adapted physical education for 20 years at Napa Valley College.

Colin Bucks, MD
Clinic Instructor
Division of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University Hospital, and
Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response

Dr. Colin Bucks plays an active role in emergency management at Stanford University Hospital, including having served on the hospital’s Emergency Management Steering Committee and responding to events such as water breakages. Dr. Bucks is a medical team manager for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) California Urban Search and Rescue Task Force and is a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. He is board certified in emergency medicine and is a Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) provider. Dr. Bucks participated in relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti as director for emergency and ICU with International Medical Corps in 2010.

Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN
Hospital Preparedness Coordinator

California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program
Ryan is the regional hospital surge planning coordinator for Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced and Mariposa Counties. He has worked previously with UCLA Medical Center as the disaster resource center manager, emergency department clinical manager and prehospital care coordinator. Ryan was an emergency department nurse for many years as well as a flight nurse with Mercy Air and Life Flight Southern California.

Mary Ann Codeglia, RN, MSN
Administrative Director, Clinical Quality and Emergency Management

San Ramon Regional Medical Center
As the administrative director of clinical quality and emergency preparedness for San Ramon Regional Medical Center, Mary Ann Codeglia serves the role of patient safety officer, risk manager and disaster preparedness director. She has participated in the Hospital Disaster Interest Group and Joint Advisory Committees on Pandemic Planning with CHA and Department of Health Care Services. She has participated on the 2012/2013 HICS Revision Project and on the planning committees for previous state disaster drills. She is also an active member of the Contra Costa County Hospital Disaster Forum Group and current planning team member for the 2013 Statewide Disaster Drill. Since 2008, Mary Ann has participated as an active member of the hospital administrative support unit for the Golden Guardian Mobile Field Hospital Exercises.

Michelle Constant
Chief Executive Officer
Constant and Associates, Inc.

Michelle Constant is the principal consultant for Constant and Associates, Inc. With over 16 years of experience in emergency preparedness consulting, she has led several key initiatives in Los Angeles County, including the development of the 2011 LAX Biological Incident Response Plan, and the award-winning Los Angeles County Operational Area Family Assistance Center Plan Development, Training and Exercise Program (2009 – current). She is currently the consultant project manager for the Family Information Center Planning Guide for Healthcare Entities. She is Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program trained and has led the design, development and conduct of more than 100 exercises ranging from informational workshops to full-scale, multi-jurisdictional exercises.


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.

H. Dwight Douglas
General Counsel

Freeman Health System
H. Dwight Douglas is general counsel for Freeman Health System in Joplin, Missouri. Mr. Douglas handled the legal issues associated with the tornado in 2011, including hospital emergency licensing, FEMA, hospital expansion and construction, hospital regulatory, employment, mutual aid, insurance claims and leased facility issues. In 2012, Dwight was appointed as a member of the Interim Commission on Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery by the Speaker of the Missouri House. He is a past president of the Missouri Society of Health Care Attorneys and has practiced law in the health field since 2001. Dwight serves as president of Joplin Tomorrow, a non-profit corporation established to provide low-interest loans to business rebuilding in Joplin.

Susan Fanelli
Deputy Director, Public Health Emergency Preparedness
California Department of Public Health

Susan Fanelli is the deputy director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness for the California Department of Public Health. She has collaborated with public and private stakeholders to develop the comprehensive statewide survey of hospitals, Statewide Public Health and Medical Care Surge Plan and the Standards and Guidelines for Healthcare Delivery during Surge. Susan has been responsible for managing $80 million in public health emergency preparedness funds, as well as monitoring grant allocations to hospitals, clinics and other health care entities. Before assuming her current duties, she served as assistant deputy and, prior to that position, served as the chief of the Program Support Section, managing the financial aspects of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office and overseeing the Hospital Preparedness Program.

Pat Frost, RN, MS, PNP
Director, Emergency Medical Services
Contra Costa Health Care Services

Patricia Frost is the Director of Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services. She worked as a nurse practitioner and clinical educator at Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford for 23 years, where she served on the Hospital Disaster Committee. She began her career as a neonatal and pediatric critical care and transport nurse at Children’s Hospital at Oakland. Pat has participated as both an educator and a member of medical relief pediatric surgical teams in Ecuador and Vietnam. She was the on-call EMS duty officer and EMS branch director during the Chevron incident and was responsible for managing the Contra Costa County Medical Health Operational Area response.


Eleanor Guzik, RN, NP
Disaster Services, PHSS Nurse Consultant
American Red Cross

Eleanor Guzik is a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. She has worked in critical care and outpatient internal medicine. Eleanor’s services as a volunteer for the American Red Cross began when she helped disaster victims following Hurricane Katrina. Eleanor now serves as a disaster health services manager and disaster services nurse consultant for the American Red Cross.  She has worked to promote the sharing of information and a collaborative relationship between the American Red Cross and CHA.

Chris Herring
Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District


Leslie D. Hirsch
Saint Clare’s Health System

Leslie (Les) D. Hirsch is the president and chief executive officer of Saint Clare’s Health System in New Jersey. Hepreviously served as president and CEO of Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, beginning work just one week before Hurricane Katrina. After the complete evacuation and temporary closure of the hospital, he led Touro’s re-opening and recovery efforts. He also served as a member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Public Health Task Force and twice testified before the U.S. Congress to advocate for the needs of New Orleans’ hospitals. Mr. Hirsch’s career spans over 30 years in health care administration.

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

Loni has worked for Sutter General Hospital for 30 years, primarily as an emergency department nurse. For the past 16 years she has been the emergency preparedness coordinator for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. Loni was a member of the HEICS IV (HICS) national workgroup and continues as a HICS Center for Education and Training Advisory Board member. Loni is an instructor for HICS courses and Incident Action Planning. Loni’s volunteer activities include puppy raising for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Malcolm Johnson, MD
Director, Emergency Department

Doctors Medical Center San Pablo
Dr. Malcolm Johnson is the director of the emergency department at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, where he has worked since 2006. His department treats more than 40,000 patients each year. Dr. Johnson maintains a strong commitment to ensuring underserved patients have access to quality health care. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison for medical school and completed his emergency medicine training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rachael Kagan
Chief Communications Officer

San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Rachael Kagan is a seasoned communications professional with expertise in strategic communications, media relations, community relations, crisis communications, public speaking and coaching. She is currently chief communications officer at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. She also serves on the board of the Women’s Community Clinic in San Francisco. Previously, Kagan served as communications leader for the Alameda County Medical Center, the California Association of Public Hospitals and the federal court-mandated reform of the state’s prison health care system. As a journalist, Kagan covered immigration, education and health care at newspapers in New York, New Jersey and California.

Ryan E. Kelley
Director of Safety and Security
El Centro Regional Medical Center

Ryan Kelley has been an active member of disaster response in Imperial County. As a first-responder, he has served as both a firefighter and paramedic.  Mr. Kelley has taught fire science and emergency medical services to aspiring firefighters and EMTs at Imperial Valley College. He has also served as Imperial County Emergency Medical Services Administrator, where he developed and enhanced the Emergency Medical Services system and capabilities. Ryan Kelley was elected to the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to represent District 4 in 2012.


Margaret Knudson, MD
Chief of Surgery
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

Dr. Knudson became involved with the development of trauma systems in California, with a special interest in pediatric trauma, after a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Stanford University. After serving as the associate trauma director at Stanford Medical Center, she joined the teaching faculty at the University of California, San Francisco in 1989. Dr. Knudson is currently a professor of surgery at UCSF, and the principal investigator of the CDC-funded San Francisco Injury Center. Her major areas of research include simulation training for medical personnel, the prevention of thromboembolic complications in trauma patients, the use of ultrasound in trauma evaluation, resuscitation following hemorrhagic shock and injury prevention. Highly respected by her peers, Dr. Knudson was named to the list of U.S. News “America’s Top Doctors,” a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for a given specialty.

Connie Lackey, RN
Valley Service Area Director, Emergency Preparedness/Safety/Security
Providence Health and Services

Connie Lackey is a registered nurse working for Providence Saint Joseph, Holy Cross and Tarzana Medical Centers. She has worked in most medical, surgical and critical care areas of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. She served as a nursing supervisor from 1990–2007, as disaster preparedness Coordinator from 1996–2007, Valley Service Area manager of emergency preparedness from 2007–2010. She currently serves as the Valley Service Area director of emergency preparedness, safety and security. Connie participates in disaster planning as a member of the Los Angeles County Disaster Coalition Advisory Committee, is a Los Angeles County Terrorism Early Warning Group medical liaison officer and serves on national, state and local expert panels and committees.

Joel T. Levis, MD, PhD, FACEP, FAAEM
Emergency Physician
Emergency Preparedness Co-Chair
Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center

Dr. Joel Levis an emergency medicine physician at the Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center, where he serves as lead physician for emergency preparedness and assistant chief of the emergency department. Dr. Levis led the development of a comprehensive, emergency department-specific disaster response plan for Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center and has established a monthly emergency department disaster exercise program, which has held approximately 36 large-scale exercises with over 1,000 participants. In addition to his role at Kaiser, Dr. Levis is the medical director for the Foothill College Paramedic Program.

Leslie Luke
Group Program Manager
County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services

Leslie Luke is the group program manager for the County of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services. He serves as the recovery coordinator for the County of San Diego and has been the Recovery Operational Area lead for five federally-declared disasters and numerous state-declared disasters. Leslie has participated on numerous DHS/FEMA Task Forces, projects and initiative and works closely with the California Office of Emergency Services and California Volunteers on numerous statewide initiatives. He coordinated the Commercial Mobile Alert System test in San Diego County.  He is a member of the California Emergency Services Association (CESA), International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and serves on the IAEM Conference Committee.

Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

As the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Dr. Lurie’s mission is to lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters, ranging from hurricanes to bioterrorism. Prior to her role at ASPR, Dr. Lurie has worked as senior natural scientist and the Paul O’ Neill Alcoa professor of health policy for the RAND Corporation; as principal deputy assistant secretary of health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; as medical advisor to the commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health; and in academia, as professor in the University of Minnesota Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Lurie continues to practice clinical medicine in the health care safety net in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Mahan, BSN, RN, CNML
Director of Nursing, Emergency and Trauma Services
Renown Health

Jennifer Mahan is the director of nursing for emergency and trauma services at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. During Renown’s transition to EPIC for admissions, transfers and discharges, Jennifer worked closely with interdisciplinary leaders within the organization to develop, document and train the nursing units on downtime processes.


Brendan Manning, MPH, CEPR, BS, EMT-B
Region VI Disaster Medical Health Specialist
Riverside County Department of Public Health

Brendan Manning is the regional disaster medical health specialist for Mutual Aid Region VI, which covers over 49,000 square miles, over 10.5 million people, and 60 general acute care hospitals. Before coming to California, Brendan served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in East Africa for two years. Brendan has also served as a firefighter/EMT in New York and New Hampshire, where he supported response during severe storms, working with state and federal partners on relief efforts.

Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN
Hospital Preparedness Coordinator
California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program

Mary Massey has over 20 years of experience in clinical and administrative management of hospital emergency services. She participates in multi-agency taskforces, including MMRS, UASI, SUASI and is a member of the HICS National Workgroup. Mary authored bioterrorism policies addressing the medical response to weapons of mass destruction, mass decontamination, mass prophylaxis and pandemic response for hospitals. She has deployed with DMAT CA-1 to multiple wildfire responses and Hurricanes Ike and Katrina. She has worked on projects with the CDC and numerous Homeland Security Full Scale Exercises across the country. Mary has trained with the Department of Defense and Department of Justice (DOJ) and is a DOJ weapons of mass destruction general instructor and HSEEP instructor.


Michael J. Munda, JD, M.Ed, CPHRM
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 11 hospitals — and has 10 years of experience in health care compliance, continuous survey readiness, operations, property, acquisitions and emergency management planning.


Juan G. “Jerry” Nevarez, RN, MSN, PHN
Hospital Preparedness Program Coordinator,
Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency
County of San Bernardino

Juan G. “Jerry” Nevarez is a nurse educator for the Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency and is the hospital preparedness program and partnership coordinator for the County of San Bernardino. Jerry has over 17 years of clinical experience as a registered nurse and is also a certified public health nurse in California. He has over 13 years of experience with the County of San Bernardino, six of which were spent with the Public Health Department. His previous roles with the county include quality management coordinator and clinical supervisor of the AIDS/STD Control Programs. Jerry is the co-chair of the Healthcare Preparedness Planning Partners (HP3) and the Health Emergency Planning Partners (HELPP) coalitions that serve as steering committees for the HPP and CDC Preparedness and Response grants.

Nancy Peterson
Director of Perinatal Outreach Program
Mid-Coastal California Perinatal Outreach Program
Stanford University

Nancy Peterson is a perinatal nurse practitioner who for the past 30 years has performed a variety of roles as a labor and delivery nurse, community college nursing faculty, clinical nurse specialist, childbirth educator and sexual assault nurse examiner. Currently she is the director of perinatal outreach at Stanford University and the clinical program manager of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. For the past five years she has co-chaired the Regional Mid-Coastal Perinatal Disaster Committee and most recently has been working on developing the OB TRAIN tool and staff education program with the OB Disaster Committee at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Pete Plessas
Environmental Risk Consultant
Sutter Health Office of the General Counsel

Peter Plessas is an environmental risk consultant for Sutter Health. He has worked for Sutter for 27 years, beginning at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. After 16 years in plant operations and maintenance, Pete transitioned to Sutter Heath to utilize his talent and expertise consulting with Sutter hospitals and foundations about managing their environment of care programs. Pete is a member of the California Society of HealthCare Engineering, the National Fire Protection Association, and the American Society of HealthCare Engineering.

Mary Jo Quintero, RN, CCRN
Prehospital Liaison Nurse, Emergency Department
Children’s Hospital Central California

Mary Jo Quintero has over 30 years’ experience working in pediatric critical care at Children’s Hospital Central California. Her career has included PICU, transport nurse, transport coordinator and currently the prehospital liaison nurse in the Emergency Department.  She also serves on the Emergency Preparedness Leadership Team for Children’s Hospital. She was part of the Pediatric Disaster Subcommittee for California’s EMSC Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Guidelines: LEMSAs as well as the state’s Pediatric Interfacility Transfer Guidelines. Mary Jo has lectured on a variety of pediatric/pediatric critical care topics throughout the United States.

Anne E. Reynolds
Disaster Officer
American Red Cross

Anne Reynolds serves as the American Red Cross division disaster director serving California, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, where she provides field support to nine Red Cross regions in two states and two U.S. territories. Her duties include providing guidance and leadership in disaster preparedness, readiness and capacity building, and serving as liaison between local chapters, national headquarters, government offices and partner agencies. She also serves as an American Red Cross coordinating officer and as a member of the Red Cross International Services Emergency Response Unit. Prior to her current employment, Anne was manager of the disaster preparedness division of the San Francisco Office of Emergency Services and assistant director of disaster services for the American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter.  She is also a retired United States Army Medical Service Corps officer with 23 years of combined active and reserve service.

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
Emergency Preparedness Specialist and Interim Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator
San Mateo County EMS Agency

Kevin Rose is the emergency preparedness specialist for the San Mateo County EMS Agency, where he has worked since 2006. Kevin also currently serves as the Interim Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator (MHOAC) for San Mateo County as well as HPP coordinator, LEMSA coordinator and disaster healthcare volunteers administrator.  He served as the MHOAC for the July 2013 Asiana Air Flight 214 Plane Crash at SFO and as the Deputy MHOAC for the September 2010 San Bruno Explosion. Prior to his work with the EMS Agency, Kevin worked as a legislative aide for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors for five years and as a field representative for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo for two years. He has also worked in political consulting and public relations.

Lisa Schoenthal
Chief, Disaster Medical Services Division
California Emergency Medical Services Authority

Lisa Schoenthal has over 20 years of public and private sector expertise in the area of health and human service, including emergency response, social services management and health care administration. Lisa was instrumental in the expansion of the Authority’s disaster response role from that of Emergency Operations Center coordination to a mobile medical response capability, including the largest Mobile Field Hospital Program in the civilian world. Lisa began working at the Authority in 2005 as the hospital bioterrorism preparedness program manager in disaster medical services. In this role, she coordinated the development of the 2006 version of the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS 2006) and is currently managing the next HICS revision, HICS 2013, scheduled to be released this fall.


Sandra Shields, LMFT, CTS
Senior Disaster Services Analyst
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency

Sandra Stark Shields is responsible for the disaster mental health and volunteer program deliverables for the Hospital Preparedness Program grant for Los Angeles County. 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. Over the past 20 years, she has participated in 22 major disaster operations, including Hurricane Andrew, the Northridge Earthquake, the Los Angeles Riots, the Alaska and Singapore Airlines crashes, and coordination of the local mental health response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. In her most recent disaster deployment, she was assigned to the Red Cross National Headquarters Disaster Operations Center where she provided technical guidance to mental health management staff who were providing mental health services to victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita.


Jim Siplon

Jim Siplon is the founder and President of ReThinkH20, an innovative company that helps organizations in health care, manufacturing, hospitality, building operations, retail, government, IT and many other industries understand and effectively manage their use of water. Jim’s background in water, industrial operations and technology spans nearly 20 years and follows his eight years of service as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Previously, he was managing director of Fiji Water, where he recognized the need for innovation in the industrial water space while trying to reduce Fiji Water’s carbon footprint and water intensity. Jim has led large-scale water efforts in New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East and across the U.S. before founding ReThink H20.

Patty Skoglund, RN
Senior Director, Disaster Preparedness
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 health care. Patty serves in a command staff role for the California Mobile Field Hospital.


Carole Snyder, RN, BSN, MS
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
PIH Health Hospital

Carole Snyder is the emergency preparedness coordinator at PIH Health Hospital, a designated Los Angeles County Disaster Resource Center, where she is responsible for disaster and safety policies, staff education, development and execution of community-wide drills. She has more than 20 years of practical experience as a registered nurse in hospital emergency departments. In her previous role, she designed and implemented the PIH Health emergency department electronic medical record. Carole is the California State Emergency Nurses Association president-elect and a Los Angeles County Commissioner for EMS.


Jeremy Stacy
Emergency Management Professional

Jeremy Stacy is an experienced emergency management professional with expertise in business continuity. In his previous role as the director of support services for Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, he oversaw the hospital’s environment of care and emergency management programs including business continuity planning. He’s also a CSTI-certified hazardous materials outreach instructor and teaches, writes, and lectures about hospital disaster preparedness and business continuity planning. He has served on the Los Angeles County EMS planning committees for evacuation and shelter-in-place and the Statewide Medical Health Exercise.

Shirley Steinback, RN
Medical Group Administrator
Kaiser Permanente East Bay

Shirley Steinback is the Medical Group Administrator for Kaiser Permanente, East Bay. She collaborates with the Physician in Chiefs in leading a team of 868 physicians and 2,500 employees to serve approximately 297,900 members in the East Bay. She is a member of the senior leadership team and leads and executes strategic initiatives in the areas of quality, service, access, people, efficiency, reputation and growth. Her scope of responsibility includes the ambulatory departments located at the Oakland and Richmond Medical Center, and Alameda and Pinole Medical Offices. She is accountable for aligning and mobilizing people and activities to achieve Kaiser Permanente’s strategy of quality and service differentiation. Shirley has 30 years of service with Kaiser Permanente. Prior to coming to Kaiser, she worked as nurse and educator for the Sequoia Unified High School District and staff nurse at UCSF Medical Center. Shirley has over 40 years of experience within the health care industry.

Kristin Stevens, MS, ABCP
Director of Emergency Management
NYU Langone Medical Center

Kristin Stevens is the director of emergency management at NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC) where she oversees emergency preparedness for its three hospitals and the NYU School of Medicine. She is responsible for overseeing development of plans, training and exercises, as well as ensuring compliance with regulatory agencies. Kristin came to NYULMC from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) where she worked as an emergency manager and coordinated the development of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the ICS Planning Section to support agency emergency response. She has extensive experience in emergency plan development and implementation, holds training certifications from FEMA, OSHA and the CDC, and is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and the Association of Contingency Planners. Kristin sits on multiple citywide emergency planning committees and co-founded the Manhattan Healthcare Emergency Management Coalition. She is an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) and holds a Master of Science in Threat and Response Management from the University of Chicago.

Kathy Stevenson, RN, BSN
Manager, Pediatric Disaster Resource Center
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Kathleen Stevenson is the manager of the Pediatric Disaster Resource Center and chair of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Committee at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is also core leader for the LA County Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Resource and Training Center and a member of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Crisis Response Team, Los Angeles County Disaster Resource Center Committee, and the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMSA) advisory committee of the Hospital Preparedness Program.


Terry Stone, RN, MA, CPHQ, EMS
Safety Officer/Emergency Preparedness Manager
Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital

Terry Stone is the safety officer and emergency preparedness manager for Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, California. Terry is a registered nurse and is certified in health care quality and emergency management. The majority of her career has been in nursing, administrative leadership positions and emergency management in the acute-care hospital setting.

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

Caryn Thornburg has been in the health care industry since 1976. 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. 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. She has participated as a member of the Statewide Medical and Health Exercise Workgroup and in the CDPH Surge Capacity project and the Emergency Food Advisory Group. 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 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.


Lann Wilder, EMT-P
Emergency Management Coordinator, Interim Hospital Associate Administrator – Emergency Management, Health and Safety and Food Services
San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

Lann Wilder has been involved in emergency management and emergency medical services for over 27 years. She has held positions as an EMT and paramedic field care provider, supervisor, instructor, quality improvement coordinator, and director of operations for San Francisco Ambulance Service and American Medical Response. Lann has served as a contributor and reviewer for the Hospital Preparedness Exercises Atlas of Resources and Tools by AHRQ, Crisis Standards of Care: A Systems Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response published by the Institute of Medicine, and the most recent update to the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS). In addition to her role as the director of emergency management at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Lann also serves as an associate administrator of safety and support services.

Donna Williams, RN, MSN, CRRN
Patient Care Coordinator/Case Manager
Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center

As a patient care coordinator and case manager, Donna Williams coordinates patient care and prepares for transitions in care-acute rehabilitation for Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Hospital. She has 30 years of rehabilitation experience and has served as a clinical instructor for the associate degree in nursing program with Santa Barbara City College, where she supervised, instructed, directed and evaluated student nurses in the clinical arena. Donna is a frequent author and presenter on the topics of clinical rehabilitation, rehabilitation concepts and case management.


Millicent Wilson, MD
Disaster Training Specialist

Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services Agency
Dr. Wilson is an emergency medicine physician, disaster training specialist and Medical Alert Center (MAC) supervisor with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency. She provides education, training and strategic planning in all aspects of bioterrorism and disaster preparedness. She serves on numerous local and national committees including the Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Planning Committee and the state’s Catastrophic Earthquake Planning committee. Dr. Wilson is also the lead point person for Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Surge Program.


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.


Full conference plus pre-conference workshop:
Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday…………………………………$595

Full conference: Tuesday AND Wednesday…………………..$495

Pre-conference only: Monday…………………………………….$125

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

Registrations received after August 30 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.


A confirmation will be e-mailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy

A $75 non-refundable processing fee will be retained for each cancellation received in writing by September 16. No refunds will be made after this date. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be faxed to (916) 552-7506, or e-mailed to

Continuing Education

CE will be offered and 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 4.5 pre-conference and up to 14.4 conference Compliance Certification Board (CCB) Continuing Education Units. CCB program code CAHA-041. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of the program content or the program sponsor. (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 3.75 pre-conference hours and up to 11.17 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 #CEP 11924, for 4.5 pre-conference contact hours and up to 13.4 conference contact hours.

Risk Management — Application has been made to the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) for approval to award continuing education toward fulfillment of the Requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow), and toward CPHRM renewal.

Host Hotel

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

The Hyatt Regency Sacramento is the host hotel for the conference. Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento and directly across the street from the State Capitol, the Hyatt is close to numerous dining options, shopping and parks.

Hyatt Parking Information and Driving Directions
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


The Hyatt Regency Sacramento no longer has rooms available at the discounted rate. To make a reservation, call (916) 443-1234 and ask for the best available rate.

The Sheraton Grand Hotel has rooms available at the discounted rate of $171 for all nights during the conference. For reservations, call (800) 325-3535 and mention the “CHA Disaster Planning Conference.” The deadline for discounted sleeping rooms is September 9. To book a room online, click here.

Sheraton Parking Information and Driving Directions 
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


The Sheraton is conveniently located across the street from the Sacramento Convention Center.  

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 Session Winners!

City of Hope National Medical Center — Seismic Bracing
Dignity Health — An Approach to Workplace Violence Education
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center — Surge Capacity Oversight Team: The New Normal
Los Angeles Community Hospital — Doctor’s Day Infant Abduction Exercise
Marin General Hospital — Inside Out Resilience at Marin General Hospital
Public Safety Consultants North West (PSCNW) — Emergency Preparedness Coalitions for Small/Rural Hospitals: The Alaska Experience
Sharp Coronado Hospital — Emergency Disaster Water System
Sharp Grossmont Hospital —Sharp Grossmont Hospital Surge Plan
Sharp HealthCare — Patient Tracking in the Hospital
Sharp HealthCare — Emergency Water Storage
UCSF Medical Center — Be Aware, Get Prepared: Emergency Preparedness Guide for UCSF Medical Center Staff
Ventura County Medical Center — Code Black-Active Shooter Drill with EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement and HICS Center
Western Medical Center Santa Ana —HPP Fund Equipment Readiness Project

Poster displays will be showcased in the exhibit hall and representatives from the hospitals will be on hand to discuss their best practice with attendees. Hospital representatives are asked to be available during exhibit and poster viewing periods of the conference to answer questions. However, this is not a requirement to submit a poster.


Contact Lisa Hartzell at (916) 552-7502 or

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.

We would like to thank our corporate sponsors and exhibitors for their support of the 2013 Disaster Planning for California Hospitals Conference.

Gold Sponsor:


Silver Sponsor:


Exhibitors to Date:

3M Company

Agility Recovery

Air Exchange, Inc.

American Red Cross

American Technologies, Inc.

Apex Technology Management, Inc. featuring Axcient

API Healthcare

ARC Products, LLC

Ascenttra Training and Exercise Specialists

AtHoc, Inc.

BELFOR Property Restoration

Bell Signs

California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)

California Society of Healthcare Engineering, Inc. 

Emergency Medical Services Authority

California Poison Control

Chart Inc.

Dairy King – Disaster Meal Program

Delta Wireless, Inc.

Deployed Logix

Disaster Management Systems, Inc.

DQE, Inc.

EM Solutions by HSS, Inc.

en-Gauge, Inc.

Ericson Manufacturing

Escape Mobility Company USA

ETC Building & Design, Inc.


Grainger featuring Mintie

Hagerty Consulting

Health Profession Education Foundation


ILC Dover LP

Image Sales, Inc.

Impact Instrumentation, Inc.

Industrial Emergency Council (IEC)


Language World Services, Inc.

Ludlum Measurements, Inc.

Meals for All by Nutricopia

Mortuary Response Solutions

Moulage Concepts

QuakeHOLD! Industrial

ReadyPoint Systems


Simpler Life Emergency Provisions, Inc.

Smiths Detection

SOS Survival Products

StopTech, Ltd.

Survivor Industries

Tiny Tot Traveler

T-Mobile featuring CellTrust

TSI Incorporated

VeriCor, LLC

Walden University


This program was developed with the advice and input from the conference committee members who gave generously of their time.


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

Committee Members

Diane Akers, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program

Lisa Angell, RN, BSN, Prehospital Care Coordinator, Pediatric Liaison Nurse and Staff Nurse IV, Watsonville Community Hospital and Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program

Tony Barker, Area Emergency Manager-VISN 21, Region IX VHA Office of Emergency Management, Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Brandon Bond, Administrative Director, Office of Emergency Management, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program

Barb Ellis, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Oroville Hospital

Kristina Freas, RN, MS, MICN, MICP, Director of Emergency Management, Dignity Health

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

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

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

Monique Imroth, BA, Analyst, Emergency Preparedness & Response, UC San Diego Health System

AJ Johnson, Director, Quality/Accreditation, Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California

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

Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, California Hospital Association, Hospital Preparedness Program

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

Mary Jo Quintero, Prehospital Liaison Nurse, Emergency Department, Children’s Hospital Central California

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, MPH, Emergency Management Consultant,  Kaiser Permanente

Soraya Sutherlin, MPA, Disaster Planner, Office of Emergency Preparedness, UCLA Health System

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

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