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10th Annual Disaster Planning Conference Opens Today
Planning for today, tomorrow and beyond

CHA’s 10th annual Disaster Planning for California Hospitals conference began today in Sacramento with a pre-conference workshop titled, “Infectious Diseases: Preparing for the Next Outbreak, What we Learned from Ebola.” Dr. Daniel W. Johnson of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the admitting physician for three patients with the Ebola virus, was the first of several speakers during the pre-conference workshop that explored the lessons learned from last year’s Ebola outbreak. A panel discussion among representatives from UC Davis Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento, Sacramento County EMS, Sacramento County Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health reported on their experiences coordinating the care, testing and transport of four patients suspected of having the Ebola virus. In addition, Dr. Robert Schooley with UC San Diego gave an update on emerging infectious diseases and readiness for the next threat.

The three-day conference will be attended by more than 750 people – including hospital staff and state and several county health officials – planning for today, tomorrow and beyond. The annual conference was designed to help strengthen hospital disaster preparedness and build collaboration to ensure continuity of care. See Thursday’s CHA News for a conference recap and photo slideshow.