Education event

Disaster Planning for California Hospitals
Save the date for the tenth annual conference

September 28 – 30, 2015
Sacramento, CA


No matter what your role — clinician, physician, emergency preparedness coordinator or facilities management — you have a part in ensuring continuity at your hospital. Cultivate new skills, connect with colleagues and suppliers, and take your plans to the next level at the largest gathering of hospital emergency preparedness coordinators in California.

Now in its tenth year, this conference promises something for everyone. And, we deliver.

Additional information and registration will be coming soon.

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 28 will be held at the Hyatt Regency.

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. Poster displays will be showcased in the exhibit hall.

Click here to complete and submit your entry form.

Deadline to Participate

All hospital staff are invited to submit entries. Multiple entries per hospital are welcome, however only 20 total entries will be selected to participate and limited slots are available. The deadline to submit entries is May 29.


Contact Lisa Hartzell at (916) 552-7502 or

Continuing Education

CEs will be offered for Compliance, Health Care Executives, Nursing and Risk Management. Attendees must sign in at each session at the conference and include their professional license number, if required.


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

Discount sleeping room deadline is August 26.
Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $175, single or double occupancy. Don’t delay — availability is limited and rooms may sell out at this discounted rate. Make a reservation online or call (888) 421-1442 and mention the “CHA Disaster Planning Conference.”

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!

Click here for more information or contact Lisa Hartzell at

Conference Committee


Cheri Hummel, Vice President, Emergency Management and Facilities, California Hospital Association

Committee Members

Lisa Angell, Prehospital Care Coordinator, Pediatric Liaison Nurse & Staff Nurse IV, Watsonville Community Hospital

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

Brandon Bond, Administrative Director, Stanford Healthcare

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

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

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

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

Connie Lackey, VSA Director, Emergency Preparedness/Safety/Security, Providence St. Joseph Tarzana 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

Grady Murphy, Emergency Coordinator, UCLA Health System & David Geffen School of Medicine

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

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

Janet Seebert, Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Catalina Island Medical Center

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

Kristina Spurgeon, Emergency Management Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

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